Preview: The Rickard Sisters & SelfMadeHero Say ‘No Surrender’ In November

by Richard Bruton

UK creators Sophie and Scarlett Rickard and publishers SelfMadeHero adapt Constance Maud’s classic 1911 suffrage novel, No Surrender, into a stunning graphic novel.


Constance Maud’s 1911 suffrage novel No Surrender was described by Emily Wilding-Davison as “a book which breathes the very spirit of our Women’s Movement,” something that captured the spirit of tumultuous and revolutionary times as women fought for their rights through the civil disobedience of the suffrage movement.

Published at the height of the suffrage struggle, with Maud right at the heart of the British campaign for women’s votes, No Surrender‘s fast-paced story interweaves the lives of women from all classes working together to bring about change – it’s rightly described by SelfMadeHero as:

“sometimes funny, sometimes violent, but always exciting and authentic. It is highly regarded as an important document of the arguments for and against extending votes to women, for its witty storytelling and for an unflinching depiction of the rapid escalation of violence encountered by the women involved.”

The Rickard Sisters, Scarlett and Sophie, have taken the novel and created a faithful and compelling work that details the suffrage movement and paints a gloriously rich portrait of the times, presenting the social, political, economic, and cultural life in early 20th-century Britain with their pitch-perfect graphic storytelling.

he Rickard Sisters at the recent Lakes International Comic Art Festival with No Surrender and their previous adaptation – the Eisner-nominated The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists

No SurrenderBased on the book by Constance Maud, adapted by Sophie Rickard, illustrated by Scarlett Rickard.

Published by SelfMadeHero on 10th November (UK) and 15th November (USA)


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