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    News!

    Books & Reviews was born as a blog where I could post reviews and my thoughts about what I was reading at the time. 7 years later, the blog has clearly shifted to crime fiction and women, and I wanted the new name to reflect this. This is how Bodies in the Library was born. There are quite a few reasons for this name. The first one is a reference to Agatha Christie’s novel The Body in the Library. Since this is a blog mainly focused on crime fiction and women, it was very important for me to keep the link between both. The second one is symbolic: Women have…

  • Author Interviews,  Features

    Interview with Paula Hawkins for Crime Fiction Association

    As many of you now know I am also a freelancer writer and an organiser for the Captivating Criminality 4 conference, an annual event organised by the Crime Fiction Association. A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to interview writer Paula Hawkins (The Girl on the Train) yet again for the Association’s blog and we discussed women, crime, and her latest novel Into the Water. To read the interview, click here.

  • Non-fiction

    Nasty Women: A Collection of Essays + Accounts on What It is to be a Woman in the 21st Century

    Nasty Women: A Collection of Essays + Accounts on What It is to be a Woman in the 21st Century by indie publisher 404Ink took the Internet by storm some months ago. The book contains essays by women writers on their lived experience as women in the 21st century. The project caught the attention of feminist all over Twitter, and it was even backed up by Margaret Atwood herself: ‘An essential window into many of the hazard-strewn worlds younger women are living in right now.’ – Margaret Atwood (Twitter)  I first encountered Nasty Women through their Kickstarter campaign in which 404Ink aimed to get the book published, paid the 20 authors…

  • Best Books,  Random

    2016 In Review: Crime, Fiction, and Women

    2016 has been an interesting year. As I write this we have just heard of Carrie Fisher’s death. Bowie. Prince. Cohen. Brexit. Trump. Aleppo. The ‘alt-right’. George Michael. Spain’s turn to the right, once more. Let’s take a deep breath. 2016 has not been kind to us. Reading is, for many of us bookworms, a necessity, but also escapism. When I joined the blogging community 6 years ago (!!!!) I discovered that reading for escapism was considered a bad habit. You should read to become a better person, to learn. But, what if escaping our lives makes us better people? What if turning the news off and enjoying a good…

  • 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?

  • Essays,  Random

    Banned Books and Women

    Banned Books weeks is happening right now and as I was browsing all your posts and Tweets, I realized that there is a close connection between banned books, feminism and women, and after Emma Watson’s speech (‘If not me, who? If not now, when?’) I realized it was high time I wrote about it. Because I cannot even imagine what it is to be banned from reading books, or getting an education or reading stories about women who transgressed social rules, defying what was expected of them and being banned by society. So, to start, let’s look at what banned books are. It certainly sounds like something from the past,…

  • General Fiction,  Random

    Feminist Sundays: Classic Works by Women

    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. This week’s Feminist Sunday was inspired by a tweet by Beth who complained about how difficult it was to find a list of classic works written by women. You know I struggle with the idea of a “classic” and how women are more often than not left out. Also, are 20th century…

  • Feminist Sundays

    Feminist Sundays & Jazz Age January

    This Feminist Sunday is a very special one. I love working with Leah from Books Speak Volumes and since I loved her Jazz Age January so much, I thought we could do a cross-over post: a Feminist Sunday post with a Jazz Age theme. And as lovely as she is, she agreed. So, Leah is posting here and I’ll be posting on her blog. This is one of the reasons I love blogging so much! You can read my post on Zelda here. I’m Leah from Books Speak Volumes, and I’m excited to be sharing a post that overlaps Jazz Age January with Feminist Sundays! After decades of hard work…

  • Essays,  General Fiction,  Random

    Who? What? Reading the Western Canon

    Visiting Risa’s blog and attending my last lessons on Caribbean literature, I came across the following question: What is a classic and who tells us what to read? There is a bunch a titles in English literature that seem to have read by almost everyone, at least, that is the popular perception. However, when asking people not too many have actually read them. I am talking about Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights, Great Expectations, Oliver Twist, The Woman in White, A Room of One’s Own and the likes. Studying literature in college should assure me to read a good number of them, but it is not so. One Dickens’, one Brontë…