Good morning my loves!
I hope you’ve had a good week and have lots of lovely things planned for the weekend. Today’s post is my stop on the blog tour, organised by Love Book Tours, for The Women Writers Handbook. So sit back, grab a cuppa, and enjoy!
* Thank you to Aurora Metro for sending me a gifted copy of this book in return for an honest review.
Title: The Women Writers Handbook
Publication date: 8th June 2020
My rating: ★★★☆☆
Goodreads rating: 3.82
Genre: Non-fiction, prose, anthology
A revised edition of the publisher’s inaugural publication in 1990, which won the Pandora Award from Women-in-Publishing. Inspirational in its original format, this new edition features poems, stories, essays and interviews with over 30 women writers, both emerging authors and luminaries of contemporary literature. Together with the original writing workshops plus black and white illustrations. Guest editor Ann Sandham has compiled the new collection to celebrate Aurora Metro’s 30th anniversary as an independent publisher; 20% of profits will to go to the Virginia Woolf statue campaign in the UK.
A.S. Byatt, Saskia Calliste, April De Angelis, Kit de Waal, Carol Ann Duffy, Sian Evans, Philippa Gregory, Mary Hamer, Jackie Kay, Shuchi Kothari, Bryony Lavery, Annee Lawrence, Roseanne Liang, Suchen Christine Lim, Jackie McCarrick, Laura Miles, Raman Mundair, Magda Oldziejewska, Kaite O’Reilly, Jacqueline Pepall, Gabi Reigh, Djamila Ribeiro, Fiona Rintoul, Jasvinder Sanghera, Anne Sebba, Kalista Sy, Debbie Taylor, Madeleine Thien, Claire Tomalin, Ida Vitale, Sarah Waters and the great-niece of Virginia Woolf -Emma Woolf.
It is common knowledge for those who chose to see it for what it is, the literary world, particularly historically, has been dominated by white men. You only have to look at the service level to see this – Dickens, Wilde, Conan Doyle, the list goes on.
This refreshing little book is a mix of short stories, vignettes, interviews and poetry, with something that would appeal to most. We get a better understanding, with the help of the dozens of women writers featured in this book, of the difficulties women face in literature.
While I did enjoy this quick read, I would say that those looking to become writers would gain more from it. And while I live for book, I am quite happy to read the incredible work of others.
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A note on The Virginia Woolf statue campaign:
The proposed statue will be located in Richmond on Thames where Virginia and Leonard Woolf lived from 1914-1924 and set up the Hogarth Press. A public consultation by the local council was 83% in favour of the statue and planning permission has been granted to site the first life-size statue in bronze of the famous author on Richmond riverside where the author walked her dog daily. Over 20% of the £50,000 target has been raised so far.