The Future and the Truth are Female: The Perfect Stranger by Megan Miranda

  Crime fiction is one of the most political forms of popular literature, and American women authors are killing it (no pun intended) with the likes of Gillian Flynn, Megan Abbott, Laura Lippman being responsible for a new golden age. The reasons for the success of female-authored crime fiction novels are many, but considering the […]

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More for the University of Birmingham: Beyond the Best-Selling Label. Patricia Cornwell and Kay Scarpetta

I mentioned last week I have written some articles for the University of Birmingham’s new and super cool blog on Popular Culture and the second one is already out! This time I talk about one of my favourite writers, Patricia Cornwell and her Kay Scarpetta series. More here  https://blog.bham.ac.uk/poplit/beyond-the-best-selling-label-patricia-cornwell-and-kay-scarpetta-by-elena-avanzas-alvarez/

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New Article for the University of Birmingham: Why we Like Our Crime Fiction Feminist (But We May Have a Hard Time Admitting it)’

As many of you know, apart from working at Bodies in the Library I write for other outlets as well. I was recently invited to do a series of posts on crime fiction for the University of Birmingham’s new and super cool blog on popular culture and the first of them just came out this […]

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Change Starts One Book at a Time: A Love Letter to the British Public Libraries

The first thing that I did when I finally settled down in the UK was joining a public library. As I was only in the country for a few months, I didn’t bring any books with me, and I thought: What kind of life can one live without books? Not one worth living for me. […]

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What Our Insistence On Ferrante’s Identity Actually Means About Women, Consent, And Art

I am currently reading and enjoying the internationally acclaimed Neapolitan novels by Elena Ferrante featuring childhood friends Elena and Lila after everyone whose literary taste I trust kept raving about them online. This week I have just started the second one – they are four, and I’m told the two last ones are the real […]

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Kate Atkinson Not Shorlisted for the Bailey’s Prize… Yet Again

This is both a love note and a quick rant. This is a post about being bookishly devastated – if that is even a thing: British author Kate Atkinson has not been shortlisted for the Bailey’s Women Prize for fiction, even though her latest novel, A God in Ruins, made it to the long list. […]

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Jessica Knoll, Author of Luckiest Girl Alive, Speaks Out About Sexual Abuse

Luckiest Girl Alive is Jessica Knoll’s debut novel. Published in Spring 2015, it was the book that I first reviewed for the Los Angeles Review of Books. You can check my review here. Due to copyright issues, I cannot reproduce my review here in any form, but I can say that it offers readers one […]

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Why Patricia Cornwell is One of the Best Crime Fiction Writers (And Why You Should Be Reading Her Works)

‘Hi! My name is Elena and I’m writing a Humanities doctoral thesis. On Contemporary Literature. On crime fiction. On Patricia Cornwell’s books’. That is how much it takes me these days to get a look of embarrassment from many people, although luckily not my beloved ones. Not only am I pursuing a PhD in Humanities, […]

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Why #ReadWomen2014 Has Changed Things, And Why #ReadWomen Matters

This year started in the best way possible for us feminist book bloggers: with #ReadWomen2014 a hashtag used on Twitter to promote and support books writen by women. Any genre. Any length. Any kind. The only requisit was that they were written by women. Founder, Joanna Walsh, describes the campaign as ‘A year-long celebration of […]

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Women’s Education, Women’s Health Care and Feminism by Cate Blanchett

Cate Blanchett, always the genius, spoke at Labour Minister Gough Whitlam’s memorial (1916 – 2014) about free education, free healthcare, motherhood, single-mothers, the state of the arts and many other things I cannot transmit in these lines. Just sit down, and enjoy: Also, did you see the row of non-applauding rich, white people when she […]

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