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History Literature Theory

For the Record: The Making and Meaning of Feminist Knowledge

For the Record: The makingand meaning of feministknowledge Dale Spender The Women’s Press 1985 For the Record is Dale Spender’s own account of the work of feminist writers and theorists of the last twenty years. Her account begins with the publication of Betty Friedan’s pioneering work, The Feminine Mystique, which blew apart the myth of…

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Essays Family Labour Research

More Than a Labour of Love: Three Generations of Women’s Work in the Home

More Than a Labour of Love:Three Generations ofWomen’s Work in the Home Meg Luxton The Women’s Press 1980 Based on participant observation and in-depth interviews, this book describes the work women do in their homes, caring for children and partners, and maintaining the house. It shows how their lives are shaped by domestic responsibilities and…

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Fiction

Death by Analysis

Death by Analysis Gillian Slovo The Women’s Press 1986 When psychoanalyst Paul Holland is found dead in mysterious circumstances, private detective Kate Baeier is called in to investigate. The hunt for the killer leads from elegant Belsize Park to the streets of Hackney, until Kate uncovers a desperate web of intrigue and a powerful police…

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Art History

The Subversive Stitch: Embroidery and the Making of the Feminine

The Subversive Stitch:Embroidery and the Making ofthe Feminine Rozsika Parker The Women’s Press 1984 In the history of embroidery – through the very threads of samplers, firescreens, table runners and dress – can be traced another history: the history of women. In this fascinating study, Rozsika Parker, co-author of Old Mistresses: Women, Art and Ideology,…

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Beauty Theory

Womansize: The Tyranny of Slenderness

Womansize: The Tyrannyof Slenderness Kim Chernin The Women’s Press 1981 In this challenging book, Kim Chernin argues that our society’s increasing demand that women should be thin is no accident of fashion but has a political meaning. It is, she insists, an unrecognised aspect of male violence against women; it has to do with the…

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Fiction Friendship

Out On The Plain

Out On The Plain Frankie Finn The Women’s Press 1984 Out On The Plain concerns the developing links between four women: Rebecca, a painter; Jane, a patient in a mental hospital; Helen, a university student; and Elsie, the woman who cleans her campus room. The women meet and come together, not so much in the…

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Fiction

A February Mourning

A February Mourning Hannah Wakefield The Women’s Press 1990 Solicitor-sleuth Dee Street is back and up to her neck in trouble. She doesn’t know where she is, only that she’s lying imprisoned in darkness, either dying or drugged. She has a client in Holloway charged with murder; she’s inherited an unwanted Irish terrorist case from…

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Fiction

The Leech

The Leech Cora Sandel The Women’s Press 1986 As a young woman, Dondi left her home in the Norwegian south for a small town inside the Arctic Circle, to marry Gregor, then a promising young writer. Now, more than a decade later, her children are rebellious, her husband is less than famous, she is miserable…

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Fiction

I Never Told Her I Loved Her

I Never Told Her I Loved Her Sandra Chick The Women’s Press 1989 “You’ll miss me one day”, her Mum said. “When you’re dead I’ll be able to do what I want! I can’t wait”, Frankie had replied. Now her Mother is dead and Frankie remembers these words, and others. She feels totally lost, wondering…

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Guidelines Language

The Handbook of Non-Sexist Writing for Writers, Editors and Speakers

The Handbook of Non-SexistWriting for Writers, Editorsand Speakers Casey Miller,Kate Swift The Women’s Press 1981 This book shows us how to avoid sexist language and how to find clear and elegant ways of saying what we actually mean. The first edition was quickly established as the standard book on non-sexist writing, recommended by The Chicago…