Sheila Rowbotham is a social historian. She was born in 1943 in Yorkshire and studied history at St Hilda’s College, Oxford. In addition to working on a number of socialist and feminist journals, she has written several books, including Women, Resistance and Revolution, Hidden from History, and A New World for Women. ‘Lance’ (Granta 9) is from Fathers: Reflections by Daughters (1983) which was published by Virago Press. She is currently on the faculty at the School of Social Sciences, University of Manchester.