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  • Features,  She Writes

    She Writes: Margaret Atwood

    She Writes is coming to an end today. The series – which have run for the last three months – have given me the opportunity to interview women authors from all over the world and ask them questions that really matters in the current state of the world with women and artists being systematically undervalued. The aim of the interviews was to throw some light into what it means to be a woman who writes, and how the writing is interwoven with the reading and the works of women. My ultimate goal with the series was to bring together a group of women whose work I admire and get them…

  • Features,  She Writes

    She Writes: Lilja Sigurdardottir

    I did not want the She Writes series to come to an end not featuring a Nordic Noir author. Even though my professional area of expertise is American (and sometimes British) crime fiction, I love reading Nordic crime fiction novels because of the setting. I am a sucker for winter and snow, and I love the way in which gritty crimes disturb the social haven of Nordic societies. Nordic crime fiction is also a subgenre in which I read women authors and male authors equally, and I think that vouches for the responsible representation of women that comes these societies – though truth be told there is still work to…

  • Features,  She Writes

    She Writes: C.L Taylor

    C.L Taylor is an English writer known for her thrilling depictions of female friendship, treason, and mystery. Even though C.L Taylor has previously written non-crime fiction novels under the name ‘Cally Taylor’ it was her third novel The Accident, published in 2014, what made her a household name in crime fiction. In the last three years she has published three more novels to great critical acclaim. If you are familiar with any crime fiction blogs or online reviewing sites, you will have heard of Taylor’s work as it is great favourite among many of us. The Lie was her third novel. I bought it during a trip to my beloved…

  • Features,  She Writes

    She Writes: Sarah Hilary

    Continuing with Bristish crime writers, for today’s post I have had the pleasure of interviewing Sarah Hilary. Sarah is the author of the Marnie Rome series, a favourite of mine, but she is also a good friend as we have met a few times over the past three years. It is always a pleasure to talk to her about women and crime fiction. Born in Chesire, Sarah Hilary has always been a fan of books. During her lifetime, she has pursued a first Class Honours Degree in the History of Ideas, as well as worked as a bookseller, and for the Royal Navy. Her writing career took off in 2008…

  • Features,  She Writes

    She Writes: Eva Dolan

    The First She Writes post is here! After months of planning, I could not be happier to be staring this new feature series with you all, especially taking into account the author that has kindly agreed to inauguarate the series: Eva Dolan. I have been a fan of Eva Dolan for some years now. She is is British crime writer, and according to her Goodreads author page an intermittently successful poker player. She is based in Essex where she combines her passion for writing with her job as a copywriter. Even though not much is known about her personal life, she was shortlisted for the CWA Dagger for an unpublished…

  • Features

    Getting to Know the Author: Sophie Hannah

    One of my new tasks in my recent move to the UK is to help organise an event in which some crime fiction writers are involved (more information on the event soon!). As the crime fiction family is such a big and diverse one, I was not surprised to realise that I had never read anything about one of the women authors participating, but I was certainly curious about her work. In an effort to solve that gap in my reading history I have decided to do some research about the author and read at least one of her novels. Here’s Sophie Hannah: British novelist and poet Sophie Hannah was…

  • Feminist Sundays

    Feminist Sundays: Margaret Atwood

    Feminist Sundays is a weekly meme created at Books and Reviews. The aim is simply to have a place and a time to talk about feminism and women’s issues. This is a place of tolerance, creativity, discussion, criticism and praise. Remember to keep in mind that everyone is entitled to their own opinion, although healthy discussion is encouraged. Today, I wanted to return to the quick profiles and share some information about one of the most inspiring feminist writers out there: Margaret Atwood. Name: Margaret Atwood Dates and place: Born in 1939 in Ottawa, she grew up in northern Ontario and Quebec to where her father’s job as a zoologist…

  • 19th century,  Feminist Sundays,  General Fiction

    Feminist Sundays: Elizabeth Gaskell

    Happy 1st of December! I’m back with yet another Feminist Sunday 🙂 Feminist Sundays is a weekly meme created at Books and Reviews. The aim is simply to have a place and a time to talk about feminism and women’s issues. This is a place of tolerance, creativity, discussion, criticism and praise. Remember to keep in mind that everyone is entitled to their own opinion, although healthy discussion is encouraged. Today I’ll be presenting you a personal favourite of mine and my readers: 19th century English writer Elizabeth Gaskell. You can read a more extensive biography and study of her main works here. But today I will give you a…