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Save the Feminist Library. Trade Union solidarity needed

The Feminist Library is at risk of eviction and is asking the Trade Union movement to recognise the importance of the Feminist Library and support its campaign to find a permanent and secure home to house this unique resource and

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Review: Unspeakable Things: Sex, Lies and Revolution, Laurie Penny (Bloomsbury, 2014)

In her latest work Unspeakable Things Laurie Penny does gutsy, messy feminism. Bodily fluids abound in this book: snot, semen, vomit… because Penny is sick, sick to the stomach of bland and gutless feminism. Unspeakable Things is a call to

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Review: Until Our Blood Is Dry, Kit Habianic (Parthian, 2014)

Kit Habianic’s first foray into the world of novel writing follows on the heels of her journalistic and short story writing careers. Until Our Blood Is Dry, set in a small South Wales pit village, follows the fortunes of Gwyn

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Review: What Should We Tell Our Daughters? The Pleasures and Pressures of Growing Up Female, Melissa Benn (Hodder Paperbacks, 2014)

I’ve always been slightly worried (terrified) about the thought of bringing daughters into this world. I found it hard enough growing up as a teenage girl and I thankfully missed out on bullying/porn/social media/sexual relationships until I was well over

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Review: Vanessa and Virginia, Susan Sellers (Two Ravens and Harcourt, 2008)

I see you standing on the river bank, casting about for stones to fill your pockets. I feel the paralyzing cold as you wade in, the weight of your wet clothes as you force yourself forward. The water is in

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Review: Making Peace with the Earth, by Vandana Shiva (Pluto Press/Fernwood Publishing, 2013)

Making Peace with the Earth, by Vandana Shiva (Pluto Press/Fernwood Publishing, 2013) Vandana Shiva will be known by many people as an environmentalist, anti-globalisation campaigner, and a founder of eco-feminism. This book isn’t explicitly eco-feminist in content, although it’s clear

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Feminist Library Bookshop at London Radical Bookfair Saturday 10 May

The Feminist Library Bookshop will not be open this Saturday as we will be at the London Radical Bookfair at the Bishopsgate Institute. Come and visit us at the bookfair between 10am and 5pm. The Bookshop will open as usual at

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Review: Half of the Human Race, by Anthony Quinn (Jonathan Cape, 2011).

Half of the Human Race, by Anthony Quinn (Jonathan Cape, 2011). The period of militant suffragism prior to World War I forms the main backdrop for Anthony Quinn’s novel, which also takes us through the war and after, when votes

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Review: Given the Choice, by Susan Sellers (Cillian Press Limited, 2013)

Given the Choice, by Susan Sellers (Cillian Press Limited, 2013) The novel is a well-written and thought-provoking account of a modern upper-class couple’s struggle with the decision to become parents. Marion, an ambitious and hard working woman in her early

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Review: Mad About The Boy, by Helen Fielding (Jonathan Cape, 2013)

Mad About The Boy, by Helen Fielding (Jonathan Cape, 2013) Helen Fielding and I go back a long way. I’ve never met her, but I loved her first novel, Cause Celeb. Published in 1994, it looked at the role of

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