Why I don’t want to be Beyoncé’s bitch

Say what you will about Beyoncé, but this is a woman who throughout her phenomenally successful singing career, has nailed the powerful, sassy superwoman act down to a tee. So much so, that… Continue reading

Maggie Stiefvater: ‘Our attitude towards girls is taking a weird and terrible turn’ – Interview

Maggie Stiefvater is an unusual author. Happily munching on a bowl of chips, the American writer and mother of two shows me a picture of her pride and joy: a rally car. Considering… Continue reading

Are diamonds still a girl’s best friend?

What is it about diamonds that are so captivating? And why do women still covet them so much? Bright, brilliant, sparkling diamonds have inspired us for generations; their rarity, value, the way they… Continue reading

Pornography, modern women and the myth of free choice

Where should modern women stand on the issue of pornography? From Pompeii to Playboy, pornographic images have always been a part of society, but what about the women involved in making pornography, and… Continue reading

Scientology, publishers and UK libel laws: a heady mix

British publishers Transworld have cancelled their publication of a new book on Scientology, after taking legal advice. Lawrence Wright’s highly anticipated book, Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood and the Prison of Belief, is based… Continue reading

John Agard: ‘I feel an empathy with the bad characters’ – Interview

Raucous laughter emerges from the studio where the poet John Agard is being photographed. The photographer asks him to leave his coat on, and Agard cheerfully agrees, telling us in his deep Caribbean… Continue reading

Why is the 1950s housewife making a comeback?

It’s not often that you meet a woman today who would describe herself as a housewife. This unglamorous, dated term, synonymous with domestic drudgery, has been made redundant by changes in attitudes and… Continue reading

What Pablo Larraín’s ‘No’ tells us about Chile today

Last Friday, Chilean director Pablo Larraín’s Oscar-nominated film ‘No‘, arrived in UK cinemas. The film looks at the 1988 plebiscite and the accompanying advertising campaign which enabled the Chilean citizenry to put an… Continue reading

Racist language in children’s books: In or out?

The heated issue over racist language in children’s literature has once again made headlines across the continent. One of Germany’s oldest children’s publishers, Thienemann, has decided to revise the text of Die Kleine Hexe (The… Continue reading

Why are publishers patronising female readers with soppy covers?

Never judge a book by its cover, or so the saying goes. But going by the recent furore that has arisen in response to Faber and Faber’s repackaging of Sylvia Plath’s The Bell… Continue reading