When the Sunday Times picked its 100 favourite crime and spy novels published since 1945 last weekend, only 28 were by women. In response, Ann Cleeves, Val McDermid and Dreda Say Mitchell and other leading writers nominated some alternatives.
As part of a project that aims to highlight hidden sexist content, Associació Espai i Lleure reviewed the characters in hundreds of children's books, whether or not they speak and what roles they perform. The group found that 30% of the books were highly sexist, had strong stereotypes and were, in its opinion, of no pedagogical value.
Marion Turner’s book is the first full biography of Chaucer for a generation, and the first written by a woman. “There’s been a long tradition of almost toxically masculine biographies. I would not say that is true of all biographies, and not of more recent ones, but there are lots which have really focused on a chummy masculine response to Chaucer,” the academic said.
Founded in 1975 during the second wave of the women’s liberation movement, the archive brings together an extensive collection of feminist literature and “herstories” and is one of only three such facilities in the UK.