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The dangerous red-headed league

Jacky Colliss Harvey’s colourful history of the redhead includes sinners, temptresses, villains and feisty rebels from Boudicca to Thelma and Louise

29 August 2015

9:00 AM

29 August 2015

9:00 AM

Red: A Natural History of the Redhead Jacky Colliss Harvey

Allen & Unwin, pp.223, £16.99, ISBN: 9781925266191

‘Gentlemen prefer blondes,’ Anita Loos pronounced, ‘but gentlemen marry brunettes.’ Quite what they do with redheads she never revealed (and I’ve often wondered), but with Red: A Natural History of the Redhead, Jacky Colliss Harvey sets out to discover everything — what it takes to make a redhead, where in the world they come from and why they exist at all; whether redheads are actually different or just treated differently; how they got their reputation, what that reputation might be and whether they deserve it.

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