Charlotte Gordon has managed to produce that rare thing, a work of genuinely popular history.
Romantic Outlaws: the Extraordinary Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft and Mary Shelley
Hutchinson, 649pp, £25
This ingeniously constructed double biography tells the story of a mother and a daughter, two writers, who did not know each other. Mary Wollstonecraft, the author of A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, died of septicaemia ten days after giving birth to Mary Godwin,
Two publications ostensibly designed to provide reassurance and wisdom to parents of primary-age children and perhaps to tap in to the ever-growing “pushy parenting” market.
What Every Parent Needs to Know: How to Help Your Child Get the Most Out of Primary School
Toby Young and Miranda Thomas
Viking, 432pp, £14.99
Good Ideas: How to Be Your Child’s (and Your Own) Best Teacher
John Murray, 368pp, £16.99
As an anxious new mother,
Prepare to be depressed. We are living through the “end of equality”, the once-celebrated advances of feminism going into dangerous reverse.
End of Equality
Seagull Books, 134pp, £6.50
Unspeakable Things: Sex, Lies and Revolution
Bloomsbury, 288pp, £12.99
Beatrix Campbell, journalist and activist, working-class radical and feminist, now in her later sixties, is in many ways the quintessential British writer. She has brilliantly reimagined Orwell’s The Road to Wigan Pier,
I have just come across this thoughtful essay from the New Statesman, published in the late summer, by Margaret Heffernan. It makes many important points – but I particularly love its last paragraph. It touches on so many aspects of human life and behaviour I find most interesting – in particular the things we deliberately don’t see about ourselves and others.
Round up of reaction to School War by Melissa Benn