Articles about Books

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

Ssssh! The girls are working

This week saw the celebration of Ada Lovelace Day and, in honour of the occasion, Amy Grant has reviewed Saving Bletchley Park by Dr Sue Black and Stevyn Colgan, which recounts the stories of some of the often overlooked (but extremely important) 'women in tech' who worked at the famous site during the Second World War

Amy Grant // 12 October 2016

Categories: Books, Reviews

Lifting the veil on the violent woman

To move towards equality, the feminist movement needs to make space for the character of the violent woman, no matter how unlikeable she is, argues Charlotte Barnes

Charlotte Barnes // 6 October 2016

Categories: Books, Features, Films

The dark side of romance

Harriet Kilikita reviews Eimear McBride’s The Lesser Bohemians and finds it to be a complex and subversive take on a classic romance narrative

Harriet Kilikita // 26 September 2016

Categories: Books, Reviews

Women of Bristol

Megan Stodel reviews Women and the City: Bristol 1373-2000, edited by Madge Dresser, and explores the worth of local history in providing more well-rounded accounts of women's lives during various eras

Megan Stodel // 17 September 2016

Categories: Books, Reviews

A voice that refuses to be silenced

Charlie Morris reviews Manuela Salvi’s controversial novel Girl Detached, and finds it to be a bold and unflinching exploration of grooming and rape culture

Charlie Morris // 8 September 2016

Categories: Books, Reviews

The return of Caitlin Moran

Shoshana Devora reviews Caitlin Moran’s Moranifesto and finds there is much to enjoy, but also a lot to criticise

Shoshana Devora // 10 August 2016

Categories: Books, Reviews

Call it out and shout right back

Sarah Bronzite reviews Girl Up by writer and campaigner Laura Bates and hails it as the go-to support manual for every young woman in your life

Sarah Bronzite // 7 August 2016

Categories: Books, Reviews

Once more with feeling: revisiting Buffy studies

“Buff Buffy buff” Sophie Mayer reviews Patricia Pender’s book I’m Buffy and You’re History, which casts a new light on the show in relation to contemporary feminism

Sophie Mayer // 1 August 2016

Categories: Books, Reviews

Human behaviour

Lauren Hossack reviews Sara Pascoe’s Animal: The Autobiography of a Female Body and learns about the fascinating, complicated past and present of being a woman

Lauren Hossack // 16 June 2016

Categories: Books, Comedy, Reviews

More than objects of desire

Martha Salhotra reviews Jessica Valenti’s Sex Object and talks to the author about the writing of this new memoir

Martha Salhotra // 7 June 2016

Categories: Books, Reviews

Riot, don’t diet!

Joanna Whitehead reviews the new feminist revenge fantasy Dietland and chats with its author, Sarai Walker

Joanna Whitehead // 24 May 2016

Categories: Books, Reviews

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