March was certainly a good month for women! We celebrated both International Women’s Day and Mother’s Day but as our first Spring month draws to a close we thought we should take some time to reflect and celebrate some of the wonderful work of female writers and publishers do the year round!
If you browse the Nomad fiction A-Z regularly you may have noticed some obtuse grey-covered paperbacks among the crowd of colourful jackets, these beautiful books are from London-based publishing house Persephone Books. Persephone aim to re-publish forgotten works mostly (there a couple of exceptions) by female writers. These range from period pieces such as Few Egg and No Oranges by Vera Hodgson (paperback £14), Suffragette literature Constance Maud’s No Surrender (paperback £14) and modern masterpieces such as Beth Gutcheon’s Still Missing (paperback £14). Its not only the narratives that rage beneath those unassuming covers, each has a specially-chosen fabric print for its sleeve design. These are more than just books they are beautiful objects and wonderful gifts. Ask us for a recommendation!
The women’s publishing house Virago, established in 1973 is also still going strong and has brought Nomad some its very favourite books. Not only do they re-publish the radical texts of the Women’s Liberation Movement such as The Women’s Room by Marilyn French (paperback £10.99) but a diverse selection of new writing. Currently recommended are: Girl Reading by Katie Ward (paperback £7.99), a selection of vignettes based around images of women reading; The Paris Wife by Paula McCain (paperback £7.99), an imagined history of Hemmingway’s wife Hadley Richardson and We Never Had It So Good, a novel centred on the baby-boomer generation by Linda Grant (paperback £7.99).
Last week also saw Nomad hold our Dangerous Women event. The book, (hardback £14.99) is an insightful guide to ‘live as well as you dare’! With a glass of wine and some delicious nibbles we discussed relationships and negotiating social encounters around busy lives. We’ll be posting some pictures of the event on our website soon. If you would be interested in finding out more about our events, bookclubs or storytime why not join our mailing list. Just send your email address to email@example.com.
Women of the Revolution: Forty Years of Feminism
March also saw the release of Women of the Revolution: Forty Years of Feminism a collection of writings from the Guardian archive edited by Kira Cochrane (paperback £9.99). Divided into decades, the book gives a sense of the mood of the women’s movement over its forty year history, it highlights key figures and shines a light on those who have been forgotten. This book is great read and will almost certainly have you questioning what feminism is and how we can think about in the present. If you liked How to be a woman by Caitlan Moran (paperback £7.99) you will enjoy this tour of the colourful characters of women’s history.
Orange Prize for Fiction
Finally, to honour the release of the Orange Prize long list for 2012 in the near future we will be dedicating one of recommend bays, at the front of the shop, to the award. The Orange Prize celebrates excellence, originality and accessibility in women’s writing from across the world and we love the books featured on this year’s long list from Ann Patchett’s celebrated State of Wonder (hardback £12.99), to the recently published The Grief of Others by Leah Hager Cohen (paperback £12.99). All the Nomad staff are poised and ready to read and review them.