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Making Pink Lemonade by Sarah O’Mahoney

Making Pink Lemonade by Sarah O’Mahoney (2016) A topical read for 2016, the year in which tampon tax hit our headlines and Chinese Olympic swimmer Fu Yuanhui spoke openly about her period, Sarah O’Mahoney tackles this topic for her debut

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The Art of (Festive) Appetite: what we can learn from a forgotten food rebel

‘Gross are they who see in eating and drinking nought but grossness’ The Feasts of Autolycus – The Diary of a Greedy Woman, Elizabeth Pennell, 1896 Christmas is the season of feasting. We become focused on what we eat –

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A Very Long way from Anywhere Else by Ursula Le Guin

A Very Long way from Anywhere Else – Ursula Le Guin Ursula Le Guin is an author better known for her science fiction and fantasy works. Her major works, the Earthsea novels, which follow the magical adventures of a wizard

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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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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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