Feminist Reads

The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock book review

By Anna Hill Content Note: sex work, sexual violence (in the novel, not in this review), racism (just a note that I’m white and not a sex worker) I first came across The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock when I watched a video with the author, Imogen Hermes Gowar, giving a tour and talking about sex work and Georgian…

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When I Hit You by Meena Kandasamy – a review

By Anna Hill Content warnings: domestic and sexual violence When I Hit You by Meena Kandasamy is the first book I’ve read from the Women’s Prize for Fiction longlist this year (you can see the whole longlist and the newly released shortlist here), and it has certainly set a high standard. I’ve never read anything from Kandasamy…

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“On Anxiety” anthology – a review

By Pip Williams Content note: Discussion of anxiety On Anxiety is the first anthology from British micropublisher 3 of Cups. The press was set up by founder Clare Bogen, with the admirable goal of “providing a platform for voices otherwise unheard in the mainstream.” This means that On Anxiety is a diverse project, full of wide-ranging voice and experiences…

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SPARK’s Top Queer/Feminist Books 2017

By Anna Hill Do you like feminist and queer books? I’ve read some really incredible stuff this year – some are just new to me in 2017 and some were published in 2017! We Are Never Meeting In Real Life by Samanth Irby I read this at the very beginning of the summer and it was…

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SPARK’s Best of 2017: Young Adult Fiction

By Sophia Simon-Bashall The Young Adult (YA) community in particular has been blessed this year with some wonderful and diverse reads, though all we’ve really heard about is John Green’s latest (which, granted, is pretty fantastic). It seems a shame that many talented writers and their incredible stories may have been overlooked because a few…

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4 Body positive books to read right now

By Sophia Simon-Bashall Body positivity – or ‘bo-po’ – has been gaining mainstream momentum in this past year. In some moments, this has seemed wonderful. It is heart-warming and inspiring to be able to scroll through Instagram and see people showing their bodies some appreciation. Conversations have been started in publications and between people that…

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Summer reads 2017

By Sophia Simon-Bashall It’s that time of year again. If you’re lucky, the sun is out and shining gloriously down on you. If you’re British, it’s occasionally poking through the clouds a bit – and you’re chasing the patches of light whilst simultaneously groaning about the ‘heat’. Oh yes. It’s Summer. The best thing about…

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Clothes, Clothes, Clothes, Music, Music, Music, Boys, Boys, Boys – A Review of Viv Albertine’s autobiography

By Amy Callaghan Clothes, Clothes, Clothes, Music, Music, Music, Boys, Boys, Boys. According to Viv Albertine, guitarist of revolutionary all-girl punk band the Slits, this was a phrase expressed frequently to her by her mother during her childhood and adolescence, ‘Clothes, clothes, clothes, music, music, music, boys, boys, boys – that’s all you ever think…

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