Articles about Books

WMN-discussion-flyerWomen talk about making noise

The music women make when left to their own devices is often sidelined. Julia Downes, editor of 2012's Women Make Noise, previews an upcoming discussion in Sheffield on 16 October about DIY feminist efforts to counter this

Julia Downes // 13 October 2014

Categories: Books, Events, Music, Reviews

naked-cinema2Lean in? Be bossy? No: get naked

Sophie Mayer on Sally Potter's new book Naked Cinema, exploring the filmmaker's refreshing take on leadership

Sophie Mayer // 28 September 2014

Categories: Books

wavesAll at sea

Sophie Mayer is swept away by Drift, Caroline Bergvall's latest poetry collection

Sophie Mayer // 26 August 2014

Categories: Books, Spoken Word

Celluloid_ceiling_coverUnder and through the celluloid ceiling

Sophie Mayer finds recent collection of essays on women's cinema a mixed bag but a powerful tool nevertheless

Sophie Mayer // 3 July 2014

Categories: Books, Reviews

lily-la-tigresseUnleashing the chick-lit tiger

Aniqah Choudhri reviews a very different kind of novel targeted at young women - one inspired by Angela Carter and horror films

Aniqah Choudhri // 16 February 2014

Categories: Books

DARKROOTS_300dpi_titlecoverShort is beautiful

In our series rounding up our reviewers' favourites of 2013, Hayley Ellis Jones focuses on the best short fiction she's read this year

Hayley Ellis Jones // 20 January 2014

Categories: Books

the-end-of-the-wasp-seasonFierce or formulaic?

As part of our series previewing our reviewers' favourites of 2013, Holly Millar reviews The End Of The Wasp Season, by Denise Mina, and concludes that this is a very special type of 'lady copper'

Holly Millar // 12 January 2014

Categories: Books

n282558Alternate histories and alien textures

Jolene Tan rounds up the best science fiction and fantasy she has read in 2013 - from novels to short stories

Jolene Tan // 15 December 2013

Categories: Books

the-tattooistA subtle story of sadism

Katherine Williams is intrigued by The Tattooist by Louise Black, a sinister insight into a controlling, cruel obsessive

Katherine Williams // 8 December 2013

Categories: Books, Reviews

poison-220x339Fantastical stories and feminist stereotypes

Laura Buttrick steps into a world of feminist fantasy fiction - and looks at the cliches that just won't disappear

Laura Buttrick // 30 November 2013

Categories: Books, Reviews

a_l_kennedy_main_1958699fThe novel that narrates itself

Louise Crichton reviews AL Kennedy's compelling story about the mediums who trade on the hope of contacting the hereafter, The Blue Book, in which the book itself is a character

Louise Crichton // 8 November 2013

Categories: Books

Tori-in-articleTori and the women who love her: feminism in action?

The iconic Tori Amos and her devoted followers do not fit the stereotypical view of women's place in music. But what about the women who just crave a good tune? Louise Allan takes a critical look at US scholar Adrienne Trier-Bienieck's recent book about Amos fans and argues that there are a variety of female music lovers out there doing their own thing who cannot all be categorised by "women's issues"

Louise Allan // 21 October 2013

Categories: Books, Music, Reviews

Cover-of-My-Education-by-Susan-ChoiPast shirts and skin

My Education by Susan Choi addresses love and lust in the life of a graduate student. Katherine Wootton finds it gripping

Katherine Wootton // 10 August 2013

Categories: Books, Reviews

Xiaolu-Guo-at-the-Cines-del-Sur-Granada-film-festivalTo turn the body: a look at Xiaolu Guo

M. Lý-Eliot looks at the work of this exciting young novelist and her exploration of the themes of isolation, education and revolution

M. Ly-Eliot // 2 August 2013

Categories: Books, Reviews

Cover-of-Dirty-Work-by-Gabriel-WestonA compassionate brute

Dirty Work by Gabriel Weston investigates the difficult life of an abortion provider. Katherine Williams finds it complex and compelling

Katherine Williams // 25 July 2013

Categories: Books, Reviews

Ruth-Ozeki“Books are magic”: an interview with Ruth Ozeki

Claire Hazelton speaks to novelist Ruth Ozeki about writing, family, religion and more

Claire Hazelton // 24 July 2013

Categories: Books

Lean in to transform the world of work

Stéphanie Thomson argues that, despite its flaws, Sheryl Sandberg's Lean In is an interesting guide to getting on in business that, above all, reignites debate

Stephanie Thomson // 11 July 2013

Categories: Books

Cover-of-Other-Half-of-the-SkyGood stuff – The Other Half of the Sky

Jolene Tan finds much of interest in this science fiction collection focused on "heroes who happen to be women"

Jolene Tan // 29 May 2013

Categories: Books

Mary Beard critiques the classics

Jess McCabe looks into Mary Beard's critique of biases in the classics

Jess McCabe // 28 May 2013

Categories: Books

Cover-of-Wrecked-by-Charlotte-RocheWrecked: a last-ditch prayer

Charlotte Roche's second novel, about psychological collapse, leaves Laura Way in two minds

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Categories: Books

425002287_7a0ca870b3_zEverlasting divas

'Rock On': Women, Ageing and Popular Music is an essay collection concerned with developing debates around ageing, both in society and within the music world. Laura Way finds it an interesting (if at times heavy) read that shines a much welcome light on a neglected area of research

Laura Way // 28 April 2013

Categories: Books, Music, Reviews

Cover-of-Quartet-by-Jean-RhysA quiet scream – Jean Rhys’ Quartet

Zoe Apostolides discusses Rhys' unsettling first novel, exploring poverty and dependence

Zoe Apostolides // 9 April 2013

Categories: Books

coverred“But I’m having fun. I like it.”

MarinaS argues reading In Her Own Words is more than a debate of for or against sex work. She argues that we should read it because it is a captivating story of an interesting person.

Marina Strinkovsky // 22 March 2013

Categories: Books, Reviews

Double Bind

Double Bind asks important questions of the cross sections of certain Muslim networks and women's rights argues Jolene Tan

Jolene Tan // 15 March 2013

Categories: Books, Reviews

She-Bop-IIIA cut above the rest

Although wishing at times for a more personal touch, Hayley Foster da Silva is impressed by the breadth of She Bop, the recently revised and updated third edition of Lucy O'Brien's history of women and the music industry, and is pleased to come away from the book with lots of new information

Hayley Foster da Silva // 31 January 2013

Categories: Books, Music, Reviews

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