The Headscarf Revolutionaries: Lillian Bilocca and the Hull by Brian W. Lavery

By Brian W. Lavery

Wintry weather 1968. 3 Hull trawlers sink. One fishwife vows to alter the legislations.

A robust tale of dying and survival. within the harsh Arctic seas of 1968, 3 trawlers from Hull’s fleet sank in precisely 3 weeks. fifty eight males died. Lillian Bilocca positioned down her filleting knife, wrote a petition, and stormed into motion. along with her military of fishwives she took her conflict to the docks and led a raid on Parliament. They replaced the delivery legislation, ‘Big Lil’ turned a world superstar. The lone survivor of the tragedies made headlines too. In a decent fishing group, it’s risky to face out.

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