Articles about Books

A tale of unlikeable women

Sarah Tinsley applauds Helen McClory’s Flesh of the Peach for refusing to shy away from women’s less palatable traits and experiences

Sarah Tinsley // 20 July 2017

Categories: Books, Reviews

A new twist on some old standards

Nick Beard cooks and bakes her way through 2015 Great British Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain’s first cookbook Nadiya’s Kitchen and finds herself asking some thought-provoking questions along the way

Nick Beard // 18 July 2017

Categories: Books, Reviews

Strange Love

Ali Cocksworth finds Strange Heart Beating to be an interesting study of grief and relationships, but feels that at points the novel privileges craft over emotional depth

Ali Cocksworth // 6 July 2017

Categories: Books, Reviews

Down the rabbit hole

Lauren Hossack finds Sympathy an insightful and compelling exploration of our increasingly digital lives

Lauren Hossack // 26 June 2017

Categories: Books, Reviews

DIY Cultures 2017 shows us that counterculture is alive and thriving

Erin Aniker chats with festival founders Hamja Ahsan, Helena Wee and Sofia Niazi

Erin Aniker // 8 June 2017

Categories: Activism, Art, Books, Comics, Culture and Media, Interviews, Politics and Current Affairs

A literary masked ball

Author Helen Taylor explores the concept of the pseudonym and forces herself to confront her own preconceptions around what it is to be a 'woman writer'

Helen Taylor // 5 June 2017

Categories: Books

The magic touch

Sarah Tinsley praises Laura Dockrill’s Aurabel for its surprisingly gritty take on the fantasy YA novel

Sarah Tinsley // 1 June 2017

Categories: Books, Reviews

The sweat behind the words

Evelyn Deshane reviews Notes from a Feminist Killjoy by Erin Wunker and admires the author’s demonstration of the physical exertion and ‘sweat’ behind the process of writing

Evelyn Deshane // 30 May 2017

Categories: Books, Reviews

A story that breaks the skin

Hannah Atkinson reviews Meena Kandasamy’s When I Hit You and finds it a heart-breaking and stunningly realistic portrayal of one woman’s experience of an abusive relationship

Hannah Atkinson // 22 May 2017

Categories: Books, Reviews

Getting to the heart of the matter

Jemma Morgan finds Susan Hill’s From the Heart to be a poignant exploration of a woman’s experience in the 1950s, but urges us to tackle issues of inequality in the present, rather than simply looking back at the past

Jemma Morgan // 10 May 2017

Categories: Books, Reviews

The problem with ‘manning up’

Jo Whitehead enjoys the YA novel Girl Mans Up, but is somewhat disappointed at the lack of critical examination of sexist language and internalised misogyny

Joanna Whitehead // 4 May 2017

Categories: Books, Reviews

Gone, but not forgotten

Harriet Kilikita finds Amy Gentry’s Good as Gone to be a gripping thriller with a sensitive and intelligent heart

Harriet Kilikita // 22 April 2017

Categories: Books, Reviews

Paradise Lost

Sonya Lalli finds Here Comes the Sun by Nicole Dennis-Benn to be a compelling depiction of three women's lives on the fringes of paradise

Sonya Lalli // 30 March 2017

Categories: Books, Reviews

Opening up the birth story

Ashley Cook commends Pamela Erens’ Eleven Hours for its visceral and evocative depiction of the experience of labour

Ashley Cook // 22 March 2017

Categories: Books, Reviews

A new tool kit for living a feminist life

Evelyn Deshane reviews Living a Feminist Life by Sara Ahmed and finds it an invaluable resource for assembling your own feminist ‘tool kit’

Evelyn Deshane // 19 March 2017

Categories: Books

A fever you can’t sweat out

Sarah Tinsley reviews Fever Dream by Samantha Schweblin and finds it to be a powerful and haunting novel which grips to the very end

Sarah Tinsley // 3 March 2017

Categories: Books, Reviews

A night at the movies

Ali Cocksworth finds Dana Spiotta's Innocents and Others to be impressive and intricate, but questions whether the movie montage style of the narrative could leave readers feeling alienated

Ali Cocksworth // 15 February 2017

Categories: Books, Reviews

Punk’s pioneer

Jo Whitehead is struck by the brutal honesty in Laura Jane Grace’s moving account of being raised as a boy, navigating adulthood as an angry radical and then transitioning while fronting international anarchist punk band, Against Me!

Joanna Whitehead // 11 February 2017

Categories: Books, Reviews

Forgive and forget?

Tillie Boyce reviews Margaret Atwood’s Hag-Seed and wonders whether too much is forgiven in this tender-hearted and thoughtful rewriting of Shakespeare’s The Tempest

Tillie Boyce // 19 December 2016

Categories: Books

Redefining the immigrant experience

Martha Salhotra reads The Good Immigrant compiled by Nikesh Shukla, and finds the experience to be like slipping on a new pair of shoes that fit perfectly the first time round

Martha Salhotra // 10 December 2016

Categories: Books, Reviews

Power play

Lauren Hossack gets tangled up in power relations reviewing Naomi Alderman’s latest novel

Lauren Hossack // 10 November 2016

Categories: Books, Reviews

Forever friends?

Jo Whitehead identifies with the pain and pleasure that female relationships can offer in Kerry Cohen’s Girl Trouble: An Illustrated Memoir and wonders if we all have a Mean Girl lurking within

Joanna Whitehead // 7 November 2016

Categories: Books, Reviews

Women on the wrong track?

Nicola McClements reads Sady Doyle's exploration of the ‘trainwreck’ women celebrities the world just loves to hate

Nicola McClements // 24 October 2016

Categories: Books, Reviews, Uncategorized

Making space for female friendship

Becky Lea reviews Becky Chambers’ A Closed and Common Orbit and praises its spirit of inclusivity and acceptance

Becky Lea // 21 October 2016

Categories: Books, Reviews

Killer Women Crime Writing Festival

Harriet Kilikita brings together her highlights of the first Killer Women Crime Writing Festival

Harriet Kilikita // 18 October 2016

Categories: Books, Reviews

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