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It Takes Two: A History of the Couples Who Dared to be Different
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It Takes Two: A History of the Couples Who Dared to be Different (Hardback)

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'Sometimes, 1+1 = changing the world. Cathy Newman's witty, warm history on the power of determined couples will make you look at your relationship and wonder, "Could we be doing more this weekend than just going to IKEA?"' CAITLIN MORAN


Throughout history, collaboration has fuelled greatness. From rivals pressuring each other forwards to friends combining their talents, it's clear: often two heads are better than one.


In It Takes Two, Cathy Newman rewrites the history books to expose this strange power of two - the reason Holmes and Watson need to come as a pair, and Apple could not have been started by Steve Jobs alone. Bringing together an extraordinary range of stories from around the world, Newman shows how double acts have relied on each other, how minds have married to usher in miraculous discoveries, and how those we think of as lone geniuses often did not work solo.


How did William and Ellen Craft work together to pull off a perilous cross-country escape from slavery? How did the queer artists Marcel Moore and Claude Cahun become icons of the surrealist movement, then heroines of the resistance during WW2? How did Amelia Earhart and George 'Mr Earhart' Putnam forge a true marriage of equals and adventure? How do today's most powerful couples - from Beyonce and Jay-Z to Bill and Melinda Gates - negotiate coupledom and individual achievement in the spotlight?


Vibrant, feminist and unexpected, this brilliant history shows the value of friction, obsession, difference and trust when it comes to progress - and retrieves the work of many who have been forgotten, asking why certain collaborators are so often left out of the narrative.



BiographyTrue storiesTrue stories: discovery / historical / scientificHistory & PoliticsHistory: Chronological20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000History & PoliticsHistory: ChronologicalEarly history: c 500 to c 1450-1500History & PoliticsHistory: specific events & topicsSocial & cultural history Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Publication Date: 15/10/2020 ISBN-13: 9780008363338  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Cathy Newman is one of Channel 4 News' main studio presenters. She joined Channel 4 News as political correspondent in January 2006 after eight years writing for the Financial Times. Cathy is an award-winning investigative journalist whose scoops have allegations of sexual harassment in Westminster, an investigation into a British paedophile who abused vulnerable boys in Kenya; and allegations of violent abuse by the British barrister John Smyth. She was the only broadcast journalist to travel with Angelina Jolie and the then foreign secretary William Hague to the Congo as part of their campaign against sexual violence. Cathy' first book Bloody Brilliant Women was published in 2018.

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