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We: A Manifesto For Women Everywhere

We is a rallying cry for a different way of life, a way that puts spiritual values at the centre of what we do. Most of us know that they way we're living at the moment isn't working. Rates of depression and self-harm are soaring. So are levels of inequality - the rich are getting richer and now we've got climate change and mass migration to deal with as well.

We is about creating a new paradigm. So often as feminists we find ourselves fighting for fifty percent of a system that isn't working. For us equality is about more than equal rights to the system as it exists now. It's about creating a system that works better for all of us, that isn't founded on working practices developed round male ways of working, that doesn't really take account of the needs and wants of those of us who have kids and who have caring responsibility. It's about trying to create a world in which there's more fairness and more compassion.

Pretty Thing

Pretty Thing is a novel about sexual obsession and teenage love published by Little Brown. It's dark, tense and passionate and examines themes of gender, power and class.

Set in rural England in the sweltering, hot summer of 1976, it tells the story of a fifteen year old girl who falls in love with a man who is twice her age.

 

It also features some great 70's music which you can hear in the Pretty Thing Spotify soundtrack. After the book was published the epilogue was released online. You can read it here, but read the whole book first!

Sara Thornton: The Story of a Woman Who Killed

I met Sara Thornton when she was serving a life sentence in Holloway Prison. I recorded  a secret interview with her and then did everything I could to bring her case to wider public attention.  Her case was not just an individual miscarriage of justice but also highlighted some of the many ways in which the English Legal System discriminates against women - both through its laws and how they're interpreted and applied. 

 

The book was made into BBC Film and a Channel 4 documentary.

In February 1989, Sara Thornton was jailed for life for killing her violent, alcoholic husband. 18 months later, her appeal was turned down. In the same week, Joseph McGrail walked free from court, having murdered his alcoholic wife, a woman who, in the words of the judge "would have tried the patience of a saint".

 

This prompted Sara to go on hunger strike and for women's groups everywhere to campaign for her release. Now a cause celebre, her case focuses attention on battered and abused women whose cries for help have for so long been ignored.