whoever you want to be…

Helping children say goodbye

My mother-in-law – Harry and Joe’s grandma – died last week. We knew it was coming, but of course it was still a shock. And even though we’d told the … Continue reading

July 26, 2013 · 6 Comments

The Book that Made Me (Feminist) by Beth Kemp

Having read lots of other people’s ‘The Book That Made Me’ pieces, I knew very quickly which book it had to be for me: Angela Carter’s The Magic Toyshop. I … Continue reading

July 5, 2013

Skirting the boundary

I’ve interviewed cricket stars for Bea previously, so was intrigued to be invited to the press launch of Isabelle Duncan’s brand-new book, Skirting the Boundary – a history of women’s … Continue reading

June 9, 2013

Revisiting Anne

When I was a small child, I was an avid reader. I still am, I suppose. I read fewer books these days, because I am always getting distracted by compelling … Continue reading

May 24, 2013 · 1 Comment

Nappy Ever After: Picture Book Reviews

Books are a big part of our lives here at Tweetie Towers so today, I thought I’d do a round up of picture books we love. We start with Jack … Continue reading

May 22, 2013 · 4 Comments

Books within books

One of my very favourite fictional characters is Permanent Rose, from Hilary McKay’s Casson Family books. She is the youngest of four, living in a rather unconventional and chaotic family, … Continue reading

May 6, 2013 · 1 Comment

How to be a Woman: I’m a Feminist? by Hannah Hassack

Throughout my adult life, since I have been old enough to understand that the difference between men and women goes beyond whether you have a foo foo or a dinky, … Continue reading

March 17, 2013

Working women: Debbie Young

Who are you and what do you do?  My name is Debbie Young and I live a multi-tasking life! I am employed by a lovely children’s charity called Readathon to … Continue reading

January 3, 2013 · 3 Comments

Fifty Shades: Another Stick to Beat Women With?

I know what you’re thinking – not another article about Fifty Shades of Grey. So, apologies – but I find some of the criticism of this book so offensive, that … Continue reading

September 6, 2012 · 12 Comments

Now let’s have some real mummy porn, Erika by Keren David

She is, according to  yesterday’s Daily Telegraph, a ‘shy housewife’ who ‘resembles a suburban school dinner lady’ (A hairnet? A pinny?). She drinks plonk and lives in a semi. She … Continue reading

July 7, 2012 · 12 Comments

The princess and taking the pee

Do you tweet?  When we became parents, we found it a quick way to read about interesting parenting ideas, really briefly, because we didn’t actually have time to sit down … Continue reading

July 4, 2012 · 9 Comments

A brief history of mothers in fiction

When my dear friend Hazel Davis started up her How To Be A Daughter website as research for her own book, she asked me if I’d be able to contribute … Continue reading

June 18, 2012 · 2 Comments
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