Furies: Stories of the wicked, wild and untamed - feminist tales from 15 bestselling, award-winning authors

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Furies: Stories of the wicked, wild and untamed - feminist tales from 15 bestselling, award-winning authors

Furies: Stories of the wicked, wild and untamed - feminist tales from 15 bestselling, award-winning authors

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these days, then, but as so often with books I loved at some point, I retain a vestigial affection towards it. I enjoyed the sense of inclusivity and representation, the richness that came with so many different perspectives exploring identity, gender, sexuality, patriarchy, femininity, motherhood, ageing, and more. She decides to teach her class of problematic fifteen-year-olds about Greek drama and in a series of distinctly improbable conversations that takes up most of the first hundred pages, they discuss plays plays by Sophocles, Aeschylus and Euripides.

I enjoyed reading the novel greatly and it certainly fulfilled one of the author's intentions in that it made me want to go back and re-read those Greek tragedies. Her burgeoning womanhood, the glorious body, a physical shape that enthralled and terrified her, attracting and enticing men and women and those in the many betweens: she revelled in her body, revealed it to herself and sometimes to them.

Although progress tends to be a matter of one step forward, two steps back, the kids do seem to be responding to her work with them -- to the amazement of all concerned, not least Alex herself, who's still incapable of struggling free of her world-filling grief over Luke's death. As well as being a reminder that we should try not to let words hurt us, they also allow us to embrace the language and turn it back upon the abusers. Reeling from the death of her fiancé, theatre director Alex Morris makes a snap decision to move from London back to to Edinburgh, where she went to university. I also loved the characterisation in Linda Grant's story about an ex- it girl as an old woman living in a basement. She then spends lessons discussing character and situation without apparently actually reading the text with them in class, but expecting them to do this for homework, which of course most of them don't do (surprise!

The reader, along with the students, will enjoy reconnecting with the Greek tragedies, which take on new life here.

I didn't love every story in this collection but I think that's to be expected with such a varied group of contributors and styles. She and Graeme Gibson are the Joint Honourary Presidents of the Rare Bird Society within BirdLife International. Furies is a starry collection, with new stories by four-time Booker-nominated Ali Smith, Emma Donoghue – whose novel Room was adapted into a hit Hollywood film – Margaret Atwood and Women’s prize for fiction-winner Kamila Shamsie, among others.

Haynes shines with these classroom vignettes, which capture the self-conscious, insecure and often raw nature of troubled teens. Dazed by grief, Alex fails to recognise that her emotional involvement with this particular class is becoming problematic.I was determined to read this book, published this year to celebrate Virago Press’s 50th anniversary, this year, and I have got it in as hopefully my penultimate read. Adopted as a baby, he’s never quite felt at home with the family that treats him more as a curious pet than a son. Churail” by Kamila Shamsie - pakistāniešu folklorā balstīts maģiskā reālisma stāsts, kurā tēvs mēgina aizbēgt uz Londonu no būtnes, par ko varētu pārvērtusies mirusī sieva (bet vai saknes ir iespējams nogriezt?

The collection opens with the marvellous Margaret Atwood who brings humour to her tale Siren, in which the Liminal Beings Knitting Circle attempts to be inclusive and allow all its members to co-exist peacefully. After selling out the first edition, she expanded it into a fully-fledged memoir with Virago (UK) and Scribner (US) for publication in 2020. Her background is in theater and she takes a teaching job at Rankeillor Street, a place for children who have been kicked out of previous schools. A couple of the stories weren't my thing (Siren felt a touch heavy-handed, as though Atwood needed you to know how much she was rolling her eyes), but I either learned from them or learned about my likes and dislikes in the process. Some are historical, some are infused with the mystical and magical, some have threads of fierce commentary and some are laugh-out-loud funny.I remember seeing this when Karen wrote about it, and of course Virago were publicising it on social media. What about Margaret Atwood (top billing, but of course), Kamila Shamsie, Helen Oyeyemi, Emma Donoghue, to name just four? However, should the estimated publication date change for whatever reason, we will notify you within a reasonable period of time. Never quite sure how to properly rate anthologies; some of the short stories I absolutely loved and was disappointed that it wasn’t a full length novel but then there were others that I skim read as they just weren’t for me. A FUN AND FEARLESS ANTHOLOGY OF FEMINIST TALES, to celebrate Virago's 50th birthday, featuring NEW AND ORIGINAL STORIES by Margaret Atwood, Susie Boyt, Eleanor Crewes, Emma Donoghue, Stella Duffy, Linda Grant, Claire Kohda, CN Lester, Kirsty Logan, Caroline O'Donoghue, Chibundu Onuzo, Helen Oyeyemi, Rachel Seiffert, Kamila Shamsie and Ali Smith - introduced by Sandi Toksvig.



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