books

I Am a Reader, Until Suddenly, I Am Not

I am a reader. I read every day, every night. My brain is full of stories or ordinary girls and courageous heroes and magic dragons and living, breathing words. I devour book after book. Packing for holiday is a struggle. This is the day before e-readers, so I have to …

Accio Diversity: Retroactive Representation in Harry Potter

Over the last twenty years I have been certain that I loved Harry Potter, but of late JK Rowling has insisted on complicating our relationship. Recently I have had to mute her on Twitter so clearly the woman who I once thought could do no wrong is testing my patience. …

A Book of Women’s Work, Written by a Man

I inherited many things from my grandmother; antique scales, art deco sherry glasses, a widow’s peak and of course, a Household Encyclopedia, which is the subject of today’s conversation. The Household Encyclopedia (HE), edited by a Mr William H. Steer, is a one-stop shop for all of ye olde housewifery …

5 Books Every Young Feminist Should Read

Growing up can be a difficult time for girls. We’re constantly told we have to be a certain way and, no matter what, we never seem to fit. It’s only when I got older that I realised that it was because of society’s ever-changing and contradictory standards that I wasn’t …