In praise of the hellraisers: Lise Hand on the women who shook the system in a style all of their own

James Joyce and Nora Barnacle with their children Lucia and Giorgio: ‘Ulysses might have been a different book, had the writer’s path never crossed with that of Nora Barnacle.’ (Photo by Archive Photos/Getty Images)

Behind many creatively fulfilled men stood fabulous, free-spirited, fascinating women who flouted social mores, broke taboos, raised hell and pushed against boundaries and they deserve their own place in history

On 2 February 1922, a book rolled off the printing presses, published in its entirety for the first time. It was the chronicle of a peripatetic day in the life of Leopold Bloom as he strolled the streets of Dublin city, and as he meandered ...