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Criminalising the Client

Criminalising the Client by Josefina Erikson. Published by Rowman & Littlefield International, 2017. ​Review by Rachel Maden This book, which explores the Swedish example of prostitution law, is part of Rowman & Littlefield International’s Feminist Institutionalist Perspectives series. The first section of the book

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The Answers

The Answers by Catherine Lacey, Published by Granta Books, 2018. Review by Rachel Maden Catherine Lacey’s newest novel introduces us to Mary, a woman suffering from a series of pervasive and explainable medical problems who must take unusual measures to pay for her

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The Breadwinner

The Breadwinner, 2017, Dir. Nora Twomey. Now on general release at cinemas. Review by Maya Boustany Nora Twomey’s animated masterpiece, The Breadwinner, transports the rich storytelling tradition of Twomey’s Ireland to Kabul. The film, an adaptation of Deborah Ellis’ bestselling book of the same name,

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Publications, translations and language exchange

Publications, translations and language exchange at the Feminist Library By Jael de la Luz García After having had the experience of the Latinx Festival last year, some people showed interest in continuing with feminist and queer activities where Spanish was the

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Gender and Mobility: A Critical Introduction by Anitta Kynsilehto and Elina Penttinen

Gender and Mobility: A Critical Introduction by Anitta Kynsilehto and Elina Penttinen. Rowman & Littlefield International, 2017. Review by Insyirah Ami Picking up this book, I was prepared for a heavy full-on academic reading on gender studies. Much to my surprise,

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Burn Whilst Reading: How to Grow Matches by S.A Leavesley

Burn Whilst Reading: How to Grow Matches by S.A Leavesley Review by Amy Deakin How to Grow Matches is a fiery retort to the silencing of women’s voices and bodies over the centuries. Despite the collection’s undercurrent of passionate rage

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Review of our 43rd Birthday

On Wednesday, 14th March 2018, the Feminist Library at Lambeth North celebrated its 43rd birthday with a fascinating panel on ‘Feminist publishing since the 60s’. Panellists were Sue O’Sullivan of Spare Rib magazine and Sheba Feminist Publishers; Rachael House, artist

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Compulsory Heterosexuality in Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit

Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson. Pandora Press, 1985. When reading Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit you’d be forgiven for imagining the novel was taking place in some distant time and place and certainly not in

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Golden Ages of Children’s Books

The Feminist Library has a small but core collection of multi-cultural feminist and gender busting fiction and reference books for children and young people. It all began in the 1970’s and 80’s with classics such as Whistle for Willie by

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The Color Purple by Alice Walker

The Color Purple by Alice Walker, The Women’s Press, 1982 Review by Harriet Elizabeth To celebrate the recent World Book Day we asked Library volunteer Harriet to share a review of a book that means a lot to her and

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