• Non-fiction

    My Life on The Road by Gloria Steinem

    As a feminist, I know there are certain books and certain authors that I should read in order to be as informed as I can about the previous struggles and the many successes of feminist. The reason to impose such a view on myself comes mainly from my love for books, rather than an external obligation. Imagine the internal conversations I had with myself when I realised that I had never read by Gloria Steinem, one of the key figures in feminism and activism in the 20th century. Imagine my reaction when my beloved Margaret Atwood – who I think can do no wrong – recommended Steinem’s autobiography My Life…

  • Author Interviews,  Features

    Exclusive Interview: Megan Abbott on Girls, Feminism, and Crime Fiction

    Today and I am very happy, excited and proud to welcome American author Megan Abbott to Books & Reviews. After reviewing her upcoming novel You Will Know Me (out next June), I contacted Megan to talk about her middle-class American girls signature narrative, feminism, and many other topics that I thought would be interesting for those of us who do feminism, crime fiction and female main characters. Welcome to Books & Reviews Megan, and thank you for everything: You have inscribed the female teenage experience in contemporary crime fiction inaugurating a new crime fiction subgenre. Why and when did you decide to start writing about female teenagers in such a…

  • Essays,  Random

    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 of the most brutal depictions of a gang rape I have ever read. And I am doing a PhD in crime fiction, so I am not the ultra-sensitive kind. Back when I was reading the book I did not give this scene more thought than I would have done in any other book. I was…

  • 21st Century,  Essays,  Medical Humanities

    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, which apparently is not nearly as important as my expected Medicine career (on which acquaintances gave up a long time ago), but I am also studying bad literature. Airport literature. Beach readings. Pop-corn crime fiction. Best-sellers. You name it. I have chosen the wrong path. Or so they say. Because, how can you build your…

  • OnlyEverYours Review
    21st Century,  General Fiction

    Only Ever Yours by Louise O’Neill

    I first learned about Only Ever Yours by Louise O’Neill on Twitter, when it was described as “Mean Girls meets The Handmaid’s Tale“. I love Mean Girls, and I have not read The Handmaid’s Tale yet, but I love everything Atwood writes, and I am sure her masterpiece is no exception. So I requested a review copy, and Alainna Hadjigeorgiou at Quercus books made sure I got one within the week. Only Ever Yours is a dystopian, feminist novel. I am not shocked at all that many people have compared it to Atwood’s fiction. O’Neill herself read English at Trinity College in Dublin, admiting that “I was always drawn to…

  • British,  Crime fiction

    The Girl on The Train by Paula Hawkins

    My Twitter feed went crazy last summer when proof copies of Paula Hawkins’ debut novel The Girl on the Train were being distributed by the Transworld publicity department. I arrived a bit late, but luckily Alison Barrow put me on a waiting list and I was lucky enough to get a review copy of the second bunch they produced. As it usually happens, everyone was right. This is an extraordinary novel. Buy at Book Depository From Goodreads: Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily…

  • Essays,  Random

    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 women’s writing’ on their Twitter profile page, and The Guardian dedicated the campaign an article on an effort to spread the word. They say: Female authors are marginalised by newspapers and literary journals, and their books are given ‘girly’ covers. Take action against this inequality by making sure the next book you read is by…

  • Essays,  Random

    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 talks about free healthcare?

  • Non-fiction

    Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay

    Just of lately I have been very keen on non-fiction, which is a huge change taking into account I am usually all for a good crime novel. But I think my brain has switched to theory and non-fiction reading for the day, so it is a little bit difficult to switch off for the night. So, basically I looked at my TBR pile and realized that I had long wanted to read Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay, a book I was kindly sent by Little Brown to review. My pleasure! From Goodreads: In these funny and insightful essays, Roxane Gay takes us through the journey of her evolution as a…