Black History Month may be over, but the process of decolonising our bookshelves shouldn’t be. It all starts with where we get our book recommendations! With that in mind, I’ve compiled a list of reading recs from black feminists including Roxane Gay, Candice Carty-Williams, Laverne Cox, Renni Eddo-Lodge, Bernardine Evaristo, and Janet Mock. Whether you’re into historical fiction or powerful memoirs, there’s something for everyone… Continue reading Books Recommended by Black Feminists (Magazine Article)
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Summary: The USA is perceived as one of the most powerful countries in the world, yet it also has one of the highest maternal death rates. And those rates, already high, skyrocket if you happen to be a woman of colour, a gay or trans parent, or a working-class mother. In Belabored: A Vindication of the Rights of Pregnant Women, Lyz Lenz pulls apart these grim statistics to reveal just how harmful our cultural myths of motherhood have become.
From diminishing access to safe abortion, to the policing of pregnant bodies and the stigma of postnatal depression, the intimate and private act of creating a child has been dragged into the public arena for politicians to debate and everyone else to gossip over, or have an opinion about. Belabored is a furiously feminist manifesto that, finally, puts pregnant people, their bodies, and their choices at the centre. Continue reading Belabored by Lyz Lenz: Sarcastic, Unapologetic Feminist Statement
I recently finished listening to the audiobook of Brit(ish) by Afua Hirsch, an exploration of what it means to be mixed-race in Britain that is both broad and deeply personal. A traditional, analytical review felt as though it would somehow detract from the invaluable messages that are at the core of this book. With that in mind, I am instead going to list the 5 most important lessons that I took away from reading Brit(ish). Continue reading Most Important Lessons from Brit(ish) by Afua Hirsch
I wrote this article for ‘We Love Memoirs Day’ which apparently happens every year on 31st August! It features some of my favourite memoirs by women writers, from Audre Lorde to Raynor Winn. I hope you enjoy reading… Continue reading A Dose of Empowerment: My Top 5 Memoirs Written by Women (Magazine Article)
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Summary: Feeling a debt of gratitude to his queer community’s elders, and determined not to let their stories be lost to history, Mason Funk established Outwords, a charity dedicated to travelling the length and breadth of America to interview LGBT+ elders. From swanky offices to rural snowstorms, the Outwords team seek queer stories wherever they can find them, determined to record as many of the movement’s perspectives as possible.
The result is The Book of Pride, a collection of interviews with LGBT+ pioneers, including John S. James (HIV treatment campaigner), Diana Rivers (author and women’s rights activist) and Miss Major Griffin-Gracy (trans community leader). Continue reading The Book of Pride ed. by Mason Funk: Get Inspired by LGBT+ History!
Rather than a list of recommendations, this article is more of a personal reflection on my experience with the true crime genre. While I initially felt a bit dubious about true crime and its ethical issues, I’m now utterly addicted to the genre and I think it has the power to transform how we think about justice. I hope you enjoy reading… Continue reading A Beginner Enters the True Crime World (Magazine Article)
July is the anniversary of the first Women’s Right’s convention, so I thought it would be the perfect time to share this article I wrote about my favourite non-fiction feminist books! Featuring Roxane Gay, Helena Kennedy, Chelsea Kwakye, Ore Ogunbiyi, Michelle Obama and Mariam Khan… Continue reading Non-Fiction Books to Fortify Your Feminism (Magazine Article)
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Summary: Sarah Krasnostein first meets Sandra Pankhurst at a forensic services conference, where Sandra is promoting her trauma cleaning company. The lives (and deaths) touched by Sandra through her work, from murder victims to obsessive hoarders, immediately make an impression and inspire Krasnostein to learn more.
There is one story, however, that will become the greatest fascination – one that holds all of these other disconnected and diverse lives together. It is the story of the trauma cleaner herself. Continue reading The Trauma Cleaner by Sarah Krasnostein: Brave and Compassionate Biography
Happy New Year! For my first post of 2021, I decided to put together a list of the 10 books I am most excited to read this year. January is brightening up just thinking of them! Wishing you all a year of happiness in both the real and fictional world… Continue reading Top 10 Books I Can’t Wait to Read in 2021!
Well, 2020 has been a year I think most of us would rather forget! I hope you and your loved ones are all safe and well. In the midst of the chaos, we’ve all come to appreciate books even more, with their reassuring constancy and the opportunity they provide to escape reality for a bit.
So without further ado, in no particular order (because I am extremely indecisive!) here are the top 10 books that helped me survive 2020… Continue reading My Top 10 Books of 2020!