Category Archives: gender

Gift from the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh

“I believe that true identity is found, as Eckhart once said, by ‘going into one’s own ground and knowing oneself.’ It is found in creative activity springing from within. It is found, paradoxically, when one loses oneself. One must lose … Continue reading

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Women and Power by Mary Beard

I am a great admirer of Mary Beard, I love how she is so willing to take on the Twitter trolls with humour and aplomb. I’ve seen her present tv programmes on the BBC and she’s engaging, generous and interesting. … Continue reading

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Lolly Willowes by Sylvia Townsend Warner

I first hear of Sylvia Townsend Warner when David Mitchell (who I adore) named her book The Corner That Held Them as one of his favourite books of all time. This was some time ago and I never got around … Continue reading

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Women Who Run With the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estés

It’s been a bit of a tough year on the personal front. Nothing truly terrible has happened, but I have found myself in a situation where I feel I have been robbed of all my power, my ferocity, and I … Continue reading

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The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin

“Freedom is never very safe.” Every now and again I remember that I enjoy science fiction immensely. It is a genre which is as full as rubbish as any other, sometimes descending into space opera, misogyny and trashy space erotica, … Continue reading

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The Blazing World by Siri Hustvedt

I remember when The Blazing World was longlisted for the MAN Booker Prize and I wanted to read it then, I think I even borrowed it from the library and then didn’t read it which, in my endless questing for … Continue reading

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How to be a Heroine (or what I’ve learned from reading too much) by Samantha Ellis

I first heard about this book from HeavenAli’s blog and knew immediately that I needed to read it. How to be a Heroine is part memoir, part literary criticism, part feminist exploration of the impact of reading on the female … Continue reading

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The Summer Without Men by Siri Hustvedt

“It is impossible to divine a story while you are living it; it is shapeless; an inchoate procession of words and things, and let us be frank: we never recover what was. Most of it vanishes. And yet as I … Continue reading

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The Lauras by Sara Taylor

I remember there being a flurry of blog activity around the release of The Shore by Sara Taylor last year, and whilst I wanted to read the book I didn’t have chance and the moment seemed to pass me by. … Continue reading

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The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson

I feel like I’ve been in a bit of a reading fug recently. I’m not sure what’s at the root of it except a kind of rootlessness. I am not sure what or how I want to read, I am … Continue reading

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