BOOK OF THE WEEK: Everyday Sexism by Laura Bates

Laura Bates gave an excellent talk about her Everyday Sexism Project this week at Radley. Such an inspiration! Here’s (very briefly) how it came about:

In 2012, Ms Bates, frustrated by a particularly bad week of sexual harassment towards herself, took to the Internet to see whether any other women had had similar experiences.

Hoping to get a few dozen other testimonies in order to raise awareness, she was staggered to receive over 50,000 stories of everyday sexism from women of all ages, social spheres and ethnic backgrounds within the first year and a half of going live.

Everyday sexism is essential reading for anyone who is unsure about the meaning of feminism and/or anyone still in doubt over the extent and effect of sexism not just on girls and women but also on boys, men and, crucially, our society as a whole.

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Book of the week – ‘How not to be a boy’ by Robert Webb

How not to be a boy

Don’t Cry; Love Sport; Play Rough; Drink Beer; Don’t Talk About Feelings

But Robert Webb has been wondering for some time now: are those rules actually any use? To anyone?

Looking back over his life, from schoolboy crushes (on girls and boys) to discovering the power of making people laugh (in the Cambridge Footlights with David Mitchell), and from losing his beloved mother to becoming a husband and father, Robert Webb considers the absurd expectations boys and men have thrust upon them at every stage of life.

Hilarious and heartbreaking, How Not To Be a Boy explores the relationships that made Robert who he is as a man, the lessons we learn as sons and daughters, and the understanding that sometimes you aren’t the Luke Skywalker of your life – you’re actually Darth Vader.

Book of the week – The Lie Tree

When Faith reads her disgraced father’s secret journals, she finds them filled with scribbled notes and theories of a man driven close to madness.  Tales of a strange tree which, when told a lie, will uncover a truth: the greater the lie is, the greater the truth revealed to the liar.  Faith’s search for the tree leads her into great danger – for where lies seduces, truths shatter…


Book of the week – Rail Head by Philip Reeve


Come with me, Zen Starling, she had said. The girl in the red coat. But how did she know his name? 

The Great Network is a place of drones and androids, maintenance spiders and Station Angels. The place of the thousand gates, where sentient trains criss-cross the galaxy in a heartbeat.
Zen Starling is a petty thief, a street urchin from Thunder City.
So when mysterious stranger Raven sends Zen and his new friend Nova on a mission to infiltrate the Emperor’s train, he jumps at the chance to traverse the Great Network, to cross the galaxy in a heartbeat, to meet interesting people – and to steal their stuff.
But the Great Network is a dangerous place, and Zen has no idea where his journey will take him

book of the week – Love and summer By William Trevor

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In spare, exquisite prose, William Trevor presents a haunting love story about the choices of the heart, and the passions and frustrations of three lives during one long summer. Ellie is a shy orphan girl from the hill country, married to a man whose life has been blighted by an unspeakable tragedy. She lives a quiet life in the Irish village of Rathmoye, until she meets Florian Kilderry, a young photographer preparing to leave Ireland and his past forever. The chance intersection of these two lost souls sets in motion a poignant love affair that requires Ellie to make an impossible choice.