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The Secret Lives of Fathers by Marjorie Celona

 For the most part, parents are the villains of literary fiction. In lieu of zombies, aliens and murderers, we have ‘depressed mom’ and ‘alcoholic, abusive dad’. Or vice versa. They fuck you up, your mum […]

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Writing from Curiosity, Not Rage by Maria Reva  

My family and I emigrated from Ukraine to Canada in 1997. My sister, twelve years old at the time, couldn’t wait to leave. Browsing my aunt’s German toy catalogues with their glossy tableaux of happy […]

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Journey to Recovery

This year’s theme for the UK’s Maternal Mental Health Awareness week is ‘Journey to Recovery’ – a phenomenon, as a psychotherapist, that I often have the privilege to be a part of. I meet many […]

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Rebel Women and War

  A world free for all!was the rallying cry at the end of the Second World War. Free, did they say? Not for women, and not yet. Both East and West were taken up for […]

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Rebel Women, Sojourner Truth

In May of 1836, four enslaved women in Jamaica were brought before the Stipendiary Magistrate for refusing to work in the fields. As mothers of young children (one woman, Eliza Hall, had ten), they were […]

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Rebel Women, Florence Nightingale

In one of the poems of his later life, Thomas Hardy mused upon the devastation caused by the First World War, and called it ‘A Time of the Breaking of Nations’. Like the revolutions of […]

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Looking back on SALVATION CITY

Author Sigrid Nunez looks back on SALVATION CITY, her novel about a flu pandemic.   As only one of many who have written books about a lethal viral pandemic, I find it enraging to hear […]

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Tips from the Original Self-Isolators | Shena Mackay

Our brilliant authors are champions of self-isolation. We’ve turned to them for tips and tricks for staying productive and motivated in these strange times. Shena Mackay suggests making soup, puzzling and watching birds. Ironically, as […]

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Tips from the Original Self-Isolators | Clare Clark

Our brilliant authors are champions of self-isolation. We’ve turned to them for tips and tricks for staying productive and motivated in these strange times. Clare Clark suggests routine, putting your phone away and talking to […]

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Tips from the Original Self-Isolators | Sarah Waters

  Our brilliant authors are champions of self-isolation. We’ve turned to them for tips and tricks for staying productive and motivated in these strange times.   Sarah Waters suggests ditching the jim-jams, setting yourself targets […]

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Lessons from our grandmothers

‘What I’m saying — and nobody will tell you this but me — is that your hair is going to be frizzy. All of the time. You’ll be beside yourself.’ Bess Kalb has saved every […]

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Notes on Resilience by Sonia Purnell

They are the golden moments of a writer’s life: when readers reveal that your book has helped them in a time of fear, distress or exhaustion. Consider, then, how poignant it was for me to […]

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