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    • Publication date:05 Nov 2015

I Call Myself A Feminist

The View from Twenty-Five Women Under Thirty

By Victoria Pepe

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Twenty-five girls and women under thirty tell us why they call themselves feminists. Punchy, bold, urgent. A book for our times.

Is feminism still a dirty word? We asked twenty-five of the brightest, funniest, bravest young women what being a feminist in 2015 means to them.
We hear from Laura Bates (of the Everyday Sexism Project), Reni Eddo-Lodge (award-winning journalist and author), Yas Necati (an eighteen-year-old activist), Laura Pankhurst, great-great granddaughter of Emmeline Pankhurst and an activist in her own right, comedian Sofie Hagen, engineer Naomi Mitchison and Louise O'Neill, author of the award-winning feminist Young Adult novel Only Ever Yours. Writing about a huge variety of subjects, we have Martha Mosse on how she became a feminist, Alice Stride on sexism in language, Amy Annette addressing the body politic and Samira Shackle on having her eyes opened in a hostel for survivors of acid attacks in Islamabad, while Maysa Haque thinks about the way Islam has informed her feminism and Isabel Adomakoh Young insists that women don't have to be perfect. There are twelve other performers, politicians and writers who include Jade Anouka, Emily Benn, Abigail Matson-Phippard, Hajar Wright and Jinan Younis.
Is the word feminist still to be shunned? Is feminism still thought of as anti-men rather than pro-human? Is this generation of feminists - outspoken, funny and focused - the best we've had for long while? Has the internet given them a voice and power previously unknown?

Rachel Holmes' most recent book is Eleanor Marx: A Life; Victoria Pepe is a literary scout; Amy Annette is a comedy producer currently working on festivals including Latitude; Alice Stride works for Women's Aid and Martha Mosse is a freelance producer and artist.

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  • ISBN: 9780349006550
  • Publication date: 05 Nov 2015
  • Page count: 288
  • Imprint: Virago
Full of spirit, candour and good sense . . . provocative in all kinds of ways — Telegraph
It's a real joy to see young women taking up feminism in such positive ways — Herald
Refreshing and eye-opening and much-needed . . . I Call Myself a Feminist might be specifically targeted at younger women but readers of any age stand to learn a whole lot from this anthology — Katie Grant, Independent
There are many chapters here that enlighten, cheer, or rightly anger. Some have real style and swagger . . . the best are often those that refract wider social questions through the prism of personal experience . . . I Call Myself a Feminist provides a lively and heartfelt introduction to many of the flash points of feminism, and manages to be both relatable and inspirational — Independent on Sunday
Piatkus

F*cked

Corinne Fisher, Krystyna Hutchinson
Authors:
Corinne Fisher, Krystyna Hutchinson

Fucked if you do, fucked if you don't. For many people, that's the sad truth about sex today. When comedians Corinne Fisher and Krystyna Hutchinson decided to start a podcast called Guys We F*cked wherein they interviewed guys they'd slept with, they soon discovered just how fucked we actually are - in more ways than one. Funny conversations about sexting and blow jobs quickly evolved into more serious topics as Corinne and Krystyna got to know their fans, who'd sometimes been sexually assaulted, verbally and emotionally abused, and most often, experienced intense, profound shame. From there, the podcast has evolved into a forum where taboo topics are discussed freely with celebrity guests including Amber Rose and Dan Savage, and interviews reveal fascinating insights from 'ordinary' people ranging from a famous porn star to a person who is asexual. F*cked brings this mix of raw and ridiculous conversation to the page with uncensored, in-depth essays from two blunt, hilarious women who've had their share of sexperiences, and spent their last few years telling everyone about them. Razor-sharp, laugh-out-loud commentary will include: o Why shame is completely made up and how we can stop giving into it o Sex talks with celebrities and real, raw questions from listeners with advice on intimate matters o Stuff we should stop doing: Snooping, nitpicking our bodies and faking orgasms o Investigative reporting in the field - from sex work to rape centres o Masturbation, threesomes, porn and much, much more Sex is weird and wonderful, and Corinne and Krysytna leave no stone unturned in this tour of kinks, confession, and sexual exploration that will leave readers with a stronger sense of self-worth and sexual liberation.

Virago

Outsiders

Lyndall Gordon
Authors:
Lyndall Gordon

Outsiders tells the stories of five novelists - Mary Shelley, Emily Brontë, George Eliot, Olive Schreiner, Virginia Woolf - and their famous novels.We have long known their individual greatness but in linking their creativity to their lives as outsiders, this group biography throws new light on the genius they share. 'Outsider', 'outlaw', 'outcast': a woman's reputation was her security and each of these five lost it. As writers, they made these identities their own, taking advantage of their separation from the dominant order to write their novels.All five were motherless. With no female model at hand, they learnt from books; and if lucky, from an enlightened man; and crucially each had to imagine what a woman could be in order to invent a voice of their own. They understood female desire: the passion and sexual bravery in their own lives infused their fictions.What they have in common also is the way they inform one another, and us, across the generations. Even today we do more than read them; we listen and live with them.Lyndall Gordon's biographies have always shown the indelible connection between life and art: an intuitive, exciting and revealing approach that has been highly praised and much read and enjoyed. She names each of these five as prodigy, visionary, outlaw, orator and explorer and shows how they came, they saw and left us changed.

Virago

The Glass Castle

Jeannette Walls
Authors:
Jeannette Walls

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Virago

Alias Grace

Margaret Atwood
Authors:
Margaret Atwood

Sometimes I whisper it over to myself: Murderess. Murderess. It rustles, like a taffeta skirt along the floor.' Grace Marks. Female fiend? Femme fatale? Or weak and unwilling victim? Around the true story of one of the most enigmatic and notorious women of the 1840s, Margaret Atwood has created an extraordinarily potent tale of sexuality, cruelty and mystery.

Westview Press

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Paula D. McClain, Jessica Carew
Authors:
Paula D. McClain, Jessica Carew
Hachette Audio

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James Walvin
Authors:
James Walvin

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Corsair

Hunger

Roxane Gay
Authors:
Roxane Gay
Virago

A Boy in Winter

Rachel Seiffert
Authors:
Rachel Seiffert

Early on a grey November morning in 1941, only weeks after the German invasion, a small Ukrainian town is overrun by the SS.Deft, spare and devastating, Rachel Seiffert's new novel tells of the three days that follow and the lives that are overturned in the process.Penned in with his fellow Jews, under threat of transportation, Ephraim anxiously awaits word of his two sons, missing since daybreak.Come in search of her lover, to fetch him home again, away from the invaders, Yasia must confront new and harsh truths about those closest to her.Here to avoid a war he considers criminal, German engineer Otto Pohl is faced with an even greater crime unfolding behind the lines, and no-one but himself to turn to.And in the midst of it all is the determined boy Yankel who will throw his and his young brother's chances of surviving to strangers.A Boy In Winter is a story of hope when all is lost, and of mercy when the times have none.

Twelve

The Time Of Our Lives

Peggy Noonan
Authors:
Peggy Noonan

Peggy Noonan is one of the most brilliant and influential political thinkers and writers of our time. The author of five bestselling books (What I Saw at the Revolution is now a classic), her column in The Wall Street Journal is a must-read for millions of Americans. Witty, incisive and always original, Peggy Noonan is a conservative intellectual with wide reaching appeal across the political spectrum. Now, for the first time, the best of Noonan's writing will be collected in one indispensable volume. With a special, original introduction, she chronicles her career in journalism, the Reagan White House, and the political arena. Annotated and analysed throughout, Peggy expands a lifetime of wonderful writing into an astute examination of American life.

ATOM

The Fallen Children

David Owen
Authors:
David Owen

One cover. 360 different colours. Which one will you get?'A powerful and disturbing new take on an original classic' Tim Bowler, author of Carnegie Medal-winner River Boy'I loved this book . . . Pacy, gripping, intriguing [and] poignant' Alice Oseman, author of Solitaire and Radio SilenceYoung people on the Midwich Estate don't have much hope for their futures. Keisha has lived there her whole life, and has been working hard to escape it; others have just accepted their lot.But change is coming . . .One night, everyone inside Midwich Tower falls mysteriously unconscious in one inexplicable 'Nightout'. No one can explain what happened during those lost hours, but soon afterwards Keisha and three other girls find they're pregnant - and the babies are growing at an alarming rate.As the news spreads around the tower, its residents turns against them and the situation spirals toward violence. Keisha's life unravels as she realises that the pregnancy may not have just ruined her hopes for the future: she might be mother to the end of the world.The Fallen Children is a story of violation, of judgment and of young people who must fight to defy what is expected of them.The Fallen Children has one cover design but 360 different colourways. Each one is numbered from 1 to 360 on the spine. The colour you receive will be completely random.'THE FALLEN CHILDREN is ATTACK THE BLOCK meets VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED and feels like the London I know. It's very cool' - Juno Dawson'An ingenious twist on a classic. Surprisingly tender and moving, completely convincing and gripping' - Kiran Millwood Hargrave'Read THE FALLEN CHILDREN if you'd like less middle-class kidlit, allegorical commentary on society and teens, and dead good books' - Non Pratt

Da Capo Press

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Harlow Giles Unger
Authors:
Harlow Giles Unger

In a critical and little-known chapter of early American history, a fearless young Kentucky lawyer threw open the doors of Congress during the nation's formative years and prevented dissolution of the infant American republic.The only freshman congressman ever elected Speaker of the House, Henry Clay brought an arsenal of rhetorical weapons to subdue feuding members of the House of Representatives and established the Speaker as the most powerful elected official after the President. During fifty years in public service-as congressman, senator, secretary of state, and four-time presidential candidate-Clay constantly battled to save the Union, summoning uncanny negotiating skills to force bitter foes from North and South to compromise on slavery and forego secession. His famous "Missouri Compromise" and four other compromises thwarted civil war "by a power and influence," Lincoln said, "which belonged to no other statesman of his age and times."Explosive, revealing, and richly illustrated, Henry Clay is the story of one of the most courageous -and powerful - political leaders in American history.

Corsair

Difficult Women

Roxane Gay
Authors:
Roxane Gay

'Phenomenally powerful and beautifully written' the GuardianThe women in these stories live lives of privilege and of poverty, are in marriages both loving and haunted by past crimes or emotional blackmail. A pair of sisters, grown now, have been inseparable ever since they were abducted together as children, and must negotiate the elder sister's marriage. A woman married to a twin pretends not to realize when her husband and his brother impersonate each other. A stripper putting herself through college fends off the advances of an overzealous customer. A black engineer moves to Upper Michigan for a job and faces the malign curiosity of her colleagues and the difficulty of leaving her past behind. From a girls' fight club to a wealthy subdivision in Florida where neighbors conform, compete, and spy on each other, Gay delivers a wry, beautiful, haunting vision of modern America.'Gay brings the powerful voice that flows through her work as a novelist and cultural critic to the 21 short stories in her first collection . . . Gay's "difficult women" are unforgettable' BBC.com'Gay's signature dry wit and piercing psychological depth make every story mermerisingly unusual and simply unforgettable' Harper's Bazaar

Virago

Talking As Fast As I Can

Lauren Graham
Authors:
Lauren Graham
Constable

The New Book of Snobs

D.J. Taylor
Authors:
D.J. Taylor
Virago

Darling Days

iO Tillett Wright
Authors:
iO Tillett Wright

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Yen Press

First Love Monster, Vol. 5

Akira Hiyoshimaru
Authors:
Akira Hiyoshimaru

Snooping into Kanade's diary has yielded more questions than answers for Kaho. She is no closer to learning the nature of her fifth-grade boyfriend's feelings for her, but she has discovered a rather passionate entry about another girl! Just who is "Sadako"?!! The uncertainty only adds to her anxiety, which has been steadily building since Taga's stolen kiss. As obstacles (and a crazy supporting cast) compound, will Kaho and Kanade be able to sustain their first love?

Virago

The Heart Goes Last

Margaret Atwood
Authors:
Margaret Atwood
Constable

The Visitors' Book

Jon Lys Turner
Authors:
Jon Lys Turner

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Virago

Eve and the New Jerusalem

Barbara Taylor
Authors:
Barbara Taylor

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Yen Press

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Magica Quartet, Afro
Authors:
Magica Quartet, Afro

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