Articles about Books

Seduction for sale

Charlotte Barnes reviews Rachel O’Neill’s recent book on the ‘seduction community’ and is introduced to an industry seemingly built on misogyny and problematic attitudes towards women

Charlotte Barnes // 3 October 2018

Categories: Books, Reviews

Madonna at 60

Kirsty Folan enjoys Lucy O’Brien’s newly updated biography of Madonna, Like an Icon

Kirsty Folan // 25 August 2018

Categories: Books, Music, Reviews

A whirlwind of creativity

Cazz Blase is completely undone by the new Florence + The Machine album, High As Hope

Cazz Blase // 19 July 2018

Categories: Books, Music, Reviews

First in the world somewhere

Cazz Blase salutes Penny Pepper and enjoys her post punk memoir First in the World Somewhere

Cazz Blase // 3 June 2018

Categories: Books, Music, Reviews

Writing a world without gender

Florianne Humphrey is impressed with the socio-political issues explored in the steampunk fantasy novel Galleon

Florianne Humphrey // 31 May 2018

Categories: Books, Reviews

From pain to empowerment

Zoe Louise Tongue reviews 100 Women I Know, a book detailing accounts of sexual assault and rape from 100 women, finding it an emotionally difficult read but a necessary and powerful one

Zoe Louise Tongue // 26 April 2018

Categories: Books, Reviews

An end to feminism?

Josie Davis reads What Women Want by Ella Whelan and can’t resist writing a pointed response piece about the book that suggests that “feminism must end”

Josie Davis // 18 April 2018

Categories: Books, Reviews

The science of bad language

Louise Jones reviews Dr Emma Byrne’s first book Swearing is Good for You which offers a defence of swearing, backed by historical case studies and cutting-edge research

Louise Jones // 12 March 2018

Categories: Books, Reviews

Listen without prejudice?

Joanna Whitehead reviews Under My Thumb: Songs That Hate Women And The Women Who Love Them, a collection of essays exploring misogyny in music

Joanna Whitehead // 22 January 2018

Categories: Books, Reviews

Non-monogamy for beginners

Zoe Russell reads Is Monogamy Dead? by Rosie Wilby and believes it could potentially be a good starting point for ‘not-yet non-monogamists’ but perhaps relies too much on the author’s personal experience

Zoe Russell // 8 August 2017

Categories: Books, Reviews

A dangerous kind of forgiveness

Taryn de Vere reads South of Forgiveness by Thordis Elva and questions whether the author’s personal account of ‘forgiving’ her rapist sets an unhelpful and problematic precedent

Taryn De Vere // 7 August 2017

Categories: Books, Reviews

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

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