A Book Title to Irritate: A Review of Girls in the Attic

The Girls in the Attic by Marius Gabriel My rating: 4 of 5 stars First of all, and I need to get this issue out of the way from the outset, I wish that publishers would not persist in coming up with titles that effectively infantilise women. This is not a story about girls inContinue reading “A Book Title to Irritate: A Review of Girls in the Attic”

Things are Against Us: Lucy Ellmann nails it… again

Things Are Against Us by Lucy Ellmann My rating: 5 of 5 stars What an absolute diamond of a book. This is a book to take your time over, to savour, to let the outrage, the wit, the carefully crafted criticism of our collective way of life sink into you, speak to you, and let’sContinue reading “Things are Against Us: Lucy Ellmann nails it… again”

The Selected Letters of Caroline Norton in Three Volumes – Some Thoughts

The Selected Letters of Caroline Norton: Volume III by Ross Belson My rating: 5 of 5 stars I wanted to write a review to encompass all three volumes of Caroline Norton’s correspondence, and now that I have finished reading all three I am finally in a place where I can do so. Please note, though,Continue reading “The Selected Letters of Caroline Norton in Three Volumes – Some Thoughts”

Review of The Nine by Gwen Strauss – The Power of Female Solidarity

The Nine: The True Story of a Band of Women Who Survived the Worst of Nazi Germany by Gwen Strauss My rating: 5 of 5 stars Reading the reviews of this book, it is being almost universally, and deservedly, applauded for telling another story – or another nine stories – of people who have survivedContinue reading “Review of The Nine by Gwen Strauss – The Power of Female Solidarity”

Review of Material Girls by Kathleen Stock

Material Girls: Why Reality Matters for Feminism by Kathleen Stock My rating: 5 of 5 stars I need to start my review with a disclaimer. First of all, this is not an academic review – simply my own personal response to the book. I would define my feminism as being gender critical. This not anContinue reading “Review of Material Girls by Kathleen Stock”

When A Sequel Goes Wrong… The Mallen Secret by Rosie Goodwin

After my recent foray in reading Catherine Cookson books, I came across a sequel written by Rosie Goodwin. All I can say is that I really wish I hadn’t. As I always like to give a reason when I rate a book with three stars of less, here are my thoughts on The Mallen Secret:Continue reading “When A Sequel Goes Wrong… The Mallen Secret by Rosie Goodwin”

The Case of the Married Woman by Antonia Fraser – A Review

The Case of the Married Woman: Caroline Norton: A 19th Century Heroine Who Wanted Justice for Women by Antonia Fraser My rating: 5 of 5 stars First of all, I should start with a bit of a disclaimer. I am, I must confess, somewhat obsessed with Caroline Norton. I am also a fan of AntoniaContinue reading “The Case of the Married Woman by Antonia Fraser – A Review”

Piranesi by Susanna Clarke

Piranesi by Susanna Clarke My rating: 5 of 5 stars I began this novel with some trepidation, not being particularly keen on the fantasy genre. Yet, when I opened the book, it was to find that Piranesi begins with a quote from The Magician’s Nephew, one of my favourite childhood books (in many ways farContinue reading “Piranesi by Susanna Clarke”

Pandora’s Jar: Women in Greek Myths by Natalie Haynes

Pandora’s Jar: Women in the Greek Myths by Natalie Haynes My rating: 3 of 5 stars I always like to explain my reasons when I give a book three stars or less. My rating of three stars for this book came about from a combination of the circumstances of my coming to it, together withContinue reading “Pandora’s Jar: Women in Greek Myths by Natalie Haynes”