If you thought Feminism was finished, this week’s book will happily tell you otherwise. Reclaiming the F Word by Catherine Redfern and Kristin Aune aims to do just that; dragging ‘Feminism’ back from the depths of its ineffectual stereotype to something less unappealing and more relevant to the modern-day woman. Redfern set up the new wave feminist’s website, The F-Word in 2001 at a time when the general consensus seemed to be an all round lack of enthusiasm for a women’s movement. Since then she and Aune have witnessed an uprising of grass-roots projects, particularly young women who seem to be tapping in to the issues that contemporary life raises on both a local and global scale. This book is a result of those observations and is both a celebration of these activities and a rallying call to action.
In yesterday’s Journalert we spoke to Lisa Lynch about her work, her aspirations of being a florist and Marc Jacobs handbags. Today we thought we’d talk about Lisa’s new book, The C-Word, based on her sensational blog www.alrighttit.com about the “sheer bloody pain-in-the-arse inconvenience of getting breast cancer at 28″. The blog started as a way of keeping her friends and family up to speed and evolved in to a strategy of blogging her way through the cancer – it was a matter of coincidence that Lisa was also a hugely funny and talented writer and her following grew from there. Having attracted the attention of everyone from Stephen Fry to Heat magazine it wasn’t long before the book deal came a-knocking and frankly we’re very glad it did.
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This week The Media Book Club brings you Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai’s book Challenge for Africa. Wangari Maathai became the first African woman to win the prestigious peace prize back in 2004 for her work with The Green Belt Movement. Since winning the prize Maathai has become a spokesperson for a number of important initiatives from sustainable development to human rights. Challenge for Africa discusses the endemic corruption, legacies of colonialism, poverty and climate change that threaten the development of greater justice and equality in Africa.
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Are you often found bemoaning the state of the English language? Well perhaps Robert McCrum can get you to see the brighter side of our constantly evolving, multinational, lingua franca. Globish first charts the history of English with its propensity for growth; constantly absorbing foreign words while simultaneously coining new ones. As the title suggests, McCrum then goes on to discuss the globalisation of English, initially through colonialism and then more recently through the revolution of the internet. But as we all know the English Language that might eventually become the World’s language will certainly not be the Queen’s own. It will be ‘Englasian’ or ‘Panglish’ maybe even ‘Manglish’…
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Many of you reading this may well be sitting at home. You may even be one of the lucky people who work from home and right now you’ll probably be surrounded by the various accoutrements that adorn the average modern household. We didn’t always have it so easy as Bill Bryson will tell you in his new book, At Home. Bryson summed up his Short History of Private Life nicely when he said it was basically “a history of getting comfortable slowly”. Nowadays we may endeavor to switch off the odd light switch when we vacate a room but back in the 18th Century the Duchess of Marlborough was so frugal she refused to dot her i’s so as not to waste her ink. This along with countless other anecdotes is what makes Bryson’s new book just as quirky and interesting as his previous bestsellers.
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This week the Media Book Club brings you the best-selling classic from linguist and cognitive scientist, Steven Pinker. The Language Instinct covers almost everything to do with how language works, from its acquisition, cognition and evolution. Pinker develops the theory that language is a hardwired instinct that has evolved in the human brain and that all languages share a few features in common. The Economist described Pinker’s style of writing as “unfailingly articulate, funny and clear” and it is this that marks The Language Instinct as one of the most engaging books ever written on the subject.
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