Opinion | Jeanette Winterson and THAT photo

This weekend Jeanette Winterson posted a picture of a collection of her books with new cover designs & blurbs smouldering away on a pile of burning refuse. The reaction on social media was huge. My twitter time line was full of people outraged by the caption that accompanied it. The term “wimmins fiction” was triggering.… Read More Opinion | Jeanette Winterson and THAT photo

Book Review | Cut from the Same Cloth: Muslim Women on Life in Britain edited by Sabeena Akhtar

The great thing about this collection of essays is that it gives Muslim women a voice of their own. This isn’t just a quick hit piece by an ambitious journalist to grab headlines while these topics are trending on twitter. It’s about taking back the narrative and removing the lens of white feminism that these women are all too often viewed through.… Read More Book Review | Cut from the Same Cloth: Muslim Women on Life in Britain edited by Sabeena Akhtar

Book Review| Dark Lullaby by Polly Ho-Yen: A thrilling, dystopian sci-fi novel with a story that illuminates the experience of womanhood

Dark Lullaby is set in a not too distant dystopian future. It follows Kit and her sister Evie as they struggle to have children in a Britain ruled by an authoritarian government. Birth rates have dropped as having a baby naturally has become a near impossibility. In an atmosphere of fear and paranoia, families do… Read More Book Review| Dark Lullaby by Polly Ho-Yen: A thrilling, dystopian sci-fi novel with a story that illuminates the experience of womanhood

Book Review: All the Young Men by Ruth Coker Burks & Kevin Carr O’Leary

All the Young Men is the touching memoir of Ruth Coker Burks, a woman who dedicated herself to caring for the people neglected by their families, friends and most of society during in the AIDs crisis in America in the course of the 1980’s and 90’s.  Throughout her story, Ruth comes across as such a… Read More Book Review: All the Young Men by Ruth Coker Burks & Kevin Carr O’Leary

Reading the Wolfson History Prize 2020 – A Fistful of Shells: West Africa from the Rise of the Slave Trade to The Age of Revolution by Toby Green

A Fistful of Shells by Toby Green gives us a scrap book of snapshots of a West Africa a lot of us have never been told existed. Certainly for me who, quite arrogantly I now know, presumed to have a fairly good grip of world history was surprised as I read about stories that contained… Read More Reading the Wolfson History Prize 2020 – A Fistful of Shells: West Africa from the Rise of the Slave Trade to The Age of Revolution by Toby Green