What are We Doing Here?
A winner of the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, Marilynne Robinson presents in these essays her thoughts on taking action and remaining hopeful in an era of political and cultural pessimism. Through topics as broad as the influence of great thinkers such as Emerson and Tocqueville on political consciousness, or the discipline that beauty imparts to daily life, she demonstrates the need to reject ideology and to value ‘the self as an intelligent moral actor’.
A Seat at the Table
Interviews with Women on the Frontline of Music
Following up her critically acclaimed Never Mind the Bollocks: Women Rewrite Rock, published in 1995, Amy Raphael presents a further 18 interviews with women working in the music industry, demonstrating how it has changed. Artists, producers and presenters including Alison Moyet, Catherine Marks and Clara Amfo reveal their experiences and how they have been able to make their voice heard.
The Story of the Treasure Seekers
Being the Adventure of the Bastable Children in Search of a Fortune
When their widowed father's business fails, the five intrepid Bastable children decide to restore the family fortunes themselves. Their creative money-making schemes – from inventing a Certain Cure for Colds to becoming highwaymen on Blackheath Common – tend to result in trouble rather than treasure. Off-mint. Age 9+
New Treasure Seekers
No matter how hard the Bastable children try to be good, they almost always fail spectacularly. Whether they are telling fortunes at a party, unwittingly assisting an elopement or attempting to reform their nasty cousin Archibald, their harebrained schemes are always well-intentioned. Slightly off-mint. Age 9+
The Seventh Cross
Seven prisoners escape from a concentration camp, so the commandant prepares crosses for their punishment: as they strive to reach asylum the prisoners encounter a cross-range of ordinary Germans. Published in 1942, this novel highlighted the horrors of the Nazi regime, which the author had escaped.
The Only Girl
My Life and Times on the Masthead of Rolling Stone
Working alongside contributors such as Annie Leibovitz and Hunter S Thompson, Robin Green was a lead journalist on Rolling Stone in the 1970s, during the magazine’s most influential years. This memoir tells how she became the magazine’s only woman writer and reveals the background to some of her most notorious stories, including a spat with Dennis Hopper and an exposé of David Cassidy.
Set in the 1760s, this coming-of-age novel follows the short life of young Mary Saunders who, cast onto the streets of London by her heartless mother, sells her body to survive before finding help in the Magdalen Hospital for penitent prostitutes. Seeking a better life, she travels to Monmouthshire and is hired as a dressmaker’s assistant, but further misfortune awaits her. Donahue’s eye for historical detail, particularly costume, enriches this tragic tale of adversity. Sexually explicit.
Essays on the Art of Angela Carter
Flesh and the Mirror
Since her death in 1992 Angela Carter’s reputation as a novelist has risen steadily. These essays explore her originality, daring and wit, providing an indispensible companion to the work. The contributors include Margaret Atwood, Hermione Lee, Marina Warner and Ali Smith, who provides the introduction.
The Feminist Revolution
The Struggle for Women's Liberation 1966–1988
This celebration of the women’s liberation movement, its battles and achievements and the creativity that came with them, focuses on the period from the 1960s to the 1980s during which feminist campaigns achieved landmark political victories and transformed the lives and opportunities of women. The highly illustrated volume contains interviews with leading figures, first-hand accounts and a range of photographs, posters, campaign literature and other ephemera.
Eve and the New Jerusalem
Socialism and Feminism in the Nineteenth Century
First published in 1983, this landmark history shed new light on the struggle for social justice and drew attention to the achievements of many forgotten women activists. Reissued with a new introduction, it remains as relevant as ever today.
Being the Further Adventures of the Treasure Seekers
E Nesbit wrote over 40 books for children, and this sequel to The Treasure Seekers sees the troublesome Bastable children vowing to mend their ways through the Society of the Wouldbegoods. Being good, however, proves harder than they think. Age 8+
The Surreal Life of Leonora Carrington
During childhood, Joanna Moorhead heard about a wild cousin called Prin who had fled their suffocatingly respectable family. When Joanna travelled to Mexico to find her, it was the start of a life-changing friendship, for her relative was none other than Leonora Carrington, the last surviving Surrealist. This book tells how, over tea and tequila, Leonora recalled her extraordinary life, her relationship with Max Ernst, her incarceration in an asylum, and her friendships with Picasso, Dalí and Frida Kahlo.
Trials of Passion
Crimes in the Name of Love and Madness
In judging ‘crimes of passion’, where should we draw the line between the ‘mad’ and the ‘bad’? This question featured prominently at several sensational trials between 1870 and 1914 as lawyers began to argue with psychiatrists over the inner lives of murderers. Focusing on three such trials in different countries, this book uses court and asylum records, letters and newspaper accounts to highlight the social debates prompted by the mind doctors’ new concepts of insanity.
Avant-Garde Poet, English Genius
One of a trio of aristocratic, eccentric and artistically inclined siblings, Edith Sitwell is largely remembered for her severe and striking profile and for her exotic and extravagant costumes. This sympathetic and impressively researched biography uncovers her troubled upbringing, her religious beliefs, her passionate love affairs, and the deep pain she felt at two World Wars. Above all, however, it establishes the author of 'Still Falls the Rain' as a pioneering Modernist and a major English poet.