The Renegades, Viragos and Heroines Who Changed the World – from the French Revolution to Today
Rosalind Miles tracks the stories of female rebels, both famed and less well known, who stood up to age-old cruelties and injustices, often at a high personal cost. She also records crucial milestones in women's long march towards equality, highlighting the struggles and achievements of notable figures worldwide from the 18th century equal rights advocate Olympe de Georges to Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir, the world's first openly gay prime minister.
On Smaller Dogs and Larger Life Questions
Kate Figes had begun working on a tranquil reflection on her experiences of reaching late middle-age when she received a diagnosis of incurable cancer. Her writing changed pace dramatically, and the resulting memoir recounts a struggle to find new ways of meaningfully approaching life, work and leisure, confronting constant emotional turmoil and finding comfort in her new puppy, Zeus.
Nobody Will Tell You This But Me
A True (as told to me) Story
This innovative memoir is told in phone calls and voice mail messages from the author's grandmother, recounting her life from the pogroms of Belarus in the 1880s to a cramped Brooklyn apartment, marriage, children and a granddaughter, Bess. The story of her family's struggles are woven with advice and life lessons for her beloved Bess.
The Guilty Feminist
From Our Noble Goals to Our Worst Hypocrisies
Deborah Frances-White begins each chapter in this witty treatise with the line 'I'm a feminist, but…' – followed by a confession that undermines her assertion. Covering a broad range of feminist territory, both ideological and historical, she muses on subjects including the diet industry and Donald Trump and shares excerpts from her podcast interviews with like-minded performers and activists.
Daphne du Maurier Collection
(Four volume set)
Daphne du Maurier (1907–89) had tremendous popular success with books that joined romantic, historical or even Gothic storytelling with the complexity and depth of literary novels. The four books in our collection are du Maurier’s finest, now in the realm of critically recognized classics. All four are set in Cornwall, but in different eras – from the aristocratic Dona St Columb embracing freedom, danger and a French outlaw in the 17th century, to the 1920s and newly-wed Mrs de Winter struggling to break free from the ghost of Rebecca.RebeccaOne of the most famous novels of the 20th century, resonating with the Gothic romances of the 19th, this is du Maurier’s ‘study in jealousy’: the story of Maxim de Winter, his dead wife, his new bride, and a house – Manderley.Jamaica InnMary Yellen promised her dying mother that she would go to live with her Aunt Patience; but Patience is married now to the landlord of Jamaica Inn, out on Bodmin Moor, and Mary must survive in a haunt of smugglers and criminals.My Cousin RachelAn orphan, Philip Ashley was raised by his bachelor cousin Ambrose, who made Philip his heir. During a trip to Florence, Ambrose gets married and unexpectedly dies; soon after, his widow Rachel, now Philip’s cousin, arrives in England.Frenchman's CreekTired of life in Restoration London, Dona St Columb returns alone to her husband’s Cornish estate. A French pirate is using the house as a hide-out, but Jean-Benoit inspires not fear, but Dona’s wild spirit of adventure.
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+
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+
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.