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Blazing a trail - Irish women who changed the world
Sarah Webb
The O'Brien Press
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A book for everyone who dreams of changing the world.

From fearless aviator, Lady Mary Heath, the first woman in the world to parachute from an aeroplane, to Margaret Bulkley, the 18th-century surgeon who lived as a man, meet 28 remarkable Irish women who have taken the world by storm.

You may have already heard some of their names, like Countess Markievicz and Mary Robinson, but others, like Anne Sullivan, Lilian Bland or Anna Haslam, may be new to you.

Packed with fun, fascinating facts and stunning, full-page illustrations, this book celebrates the trail blazers who have shaped the world we live in.

Ready to walk in their footsteps? A world of bravery and discovery awaits you.

Made by two remarkable women, author Sarah Webb and illustrator Lauren O'Neill.

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Sarah Webbis a children's author whocombines writing with schools visits, reading and giving workshops at festivals, and teaching creative writing. She has won two Irish Book Awards for her children's books (for A Sailor Went to Sea, Sea, Sea and Blazing a Trail), as well as the Children's Books Ireland Award for Outstanding Contribution to Children's Books, awarded in 2015. Sarahworked for many years as a children's booksellerand was writer in residence for Dn Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council in 2016/2017: she is currently the Children's Literary Advisor to Listowel Writers' Week. For more, visit

packed with fascinating facts and stunning illustrations

Irish Country Magazine

a grand gathering of exploits and role models

Kirkus Reviews (US)

this is the book for every little girl who dreams of changing the world .. beautifully illustrated

Irish Independent

beautiful, accessible … Webb's skill as a storyteller ensures that each entry is clear, engaging and sure to spark further research and discovery for young readers. O'Neill's conceptual illustrations are perfectly paired with the succinct prose … the sense of celebration and joy that emanates from O'Neill's work is positively infectious … Blazing A Trail helps illuminate some of the gaps in our collective understanding of the past, and it does so with style

Inis Magazine, January 2019 issue

A beautiful accessible book … O'Neill's accompanying portraits are stunning


Tuam Herald

fantastic reads for girls and boys

Shane Hegarty, Meath Chronicle

stunning tribute to the Irish women who changed the course of history with their incredible achievements

a wonderful, celebratory book about extraordinary Irish women who took the world by storm. Packed with fun, fascinating facts, this book celebrates women from every walk of life down through the ages and picked up a prize at the recent An Post Irish Book Awards

Sunday Independent

a perfect resource for SESE and SPHE … this book will inspire, motivate and enthral your eight-12 year olds … written by the renowned author Sarah Webb and beautifully illustrated by Lauren O'Neill

InTouch Magazine

beautifully illustrated … a true celebration

Belfast Telegraph

a salute to the remarkable women who changed history … beautifully illustrated … a true celebration of Irish Women

Sunday World

beautifully illustrated

Mallow Star, Vale Star and Weekly Observer

perfect present ... empowering

Irish Examiner

telling a different story each time you turn the page in clear concise language to make it perfect story time fare. Younger bookworms will especially appreciate the access to the fascinating real-life tales of these icons who changed, not just Ireland, but the entire world … This is a book that will not spend much time on the shelf, as you will spend hours glued to the page

Fallen Star Stories

an amazing, inspirational book


a must-read for any kid

Dave Rudden

it's so beautiful … an awful lot of women we would not have heard of, but should have heard of, especially for young women

RTE1's Today Show

I was sent a copy of a book recently, the just published Blazing a Trail: Irish Women Who Changed the World, written by Sarah Webb, and beautifully illustrated by Lauren O'Neill. On first appearance you might actually think this is a children's book, and in some ways it is, bringing to life for all ages stories of Irish women down through the ages - women who left their mark on the world, blazing their own trail, cutting a groove for others to follow in their footsteps … these examples show what is possible when a girl has that dream, and pursues that dream of a life in sport through hard work and determination

Irish Times - Sonia O'Sullivan

a fabulous book

RTE 2fm - Nicky Byrne and Jenny Greene

Children's Book of the Week - beautifully illustrated … a perfect gift

Woman's Way

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Women - Ireland - Biography - Juvenile literature.
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