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Category Archives: Women Authors

Mary Barton

Gaskell perhaps didn’t realise it at the time, but what she has crafted is a nuanced history of the home and hearth from the perspectives of the people history forgets: the female, the disabled, the elderly, and the poor.

August 25, 2018 · Leave a comment

Song of Everlasting Sorrow

Like much literature written still in the mid-1990s, the female character is subjected to the whims of various male protagonists and comes to a violent and unnecessary end. I was stunned to discover the author of Song of Everlasting Sorrow was a woman.

July 21, 2018 · Leave a comment

The Fifth Season

Its writers like N. K. Jemisin that remind you that the world didn’t stop writing when a bunch of old white people up and died in the late nineteenth century.

December 3, 2017 · 1 Comment

The Trespasser

The Dublin slang alone is enough to keep you reading. Jaysus. Bollix. Banjaxed. Gobshite. Bleeding shitehawk: poetry to the profane ear.

October 20, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Last Empress

Hannah Pakula presents a confident appraisal of Soong Mei-ling: China’s ‘last empress’ – a competent political tactician, devout Christian and fairly incredible person.

September 6, 2017 · Leave a comment

Orlando: A Biography

‘Nothing thicker than a knife’s blade separates happiness from melancholy.’

July 8, 2017 · 1 Comment

Rare and Commonplace Flowers

‘The shooting stars in your black hair / in bright formation are flocking where, / so straight, so soon?’

June 16, 2017 · Leave a comment

Secret London – An Unusual Guide

Not only does this pocket-sized travel companion provide up to date opening hours, handy maps, cafe details, nearby hotels and various phone numbers, it gives a whole new spin on the sometimes monotonous experience of being a tourist.

May 14, 2017 · Leave a comment

My Brilliant Career

‘The less a person thinks and inquires regarding the why and the wherefore and the justice of things, when dragging along through life, the happier it is for him, and doubly, trebly so, for her.’

May 1, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Arts of the Prima Donna in the Long Nineteenth Century

First published: 2012 Found: via my masters’ thesis research reading Pages/read time: 368, one frenzied reading afternoon Comments:   ‘This consciousness and earnest will-power to move one’s public by the … Continue reading

April 7, 2017 · Leave a comment

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