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Fanny Burney wrote one of the most courageous pieces of work I’ve ever encountered

The diarist and novelist was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1810 and wrote an account of her ‘terrible operation’ for her sisters As presenter of Woman’s Hour I’m no stranger to the history of women who, over the centuries, have risen above the prejudice imposed on their gender, and whose lives began to be uncovered in the latter part of the 20th century as women’s studies became an acceptable subject for academic research.
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