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Cupcakes and Kalashnikovs: 100 years of the best Journalism by women

Cupcakes and Kalashnikovs: 100 years of the best Journalism by women [Kindle Edition]

Eleanor Mills
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"Admirably confident...trawling a century of writing and unearthing some polished diamonds of good journalism" -- New Statesman, October 24, 2005

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Many female journalists came to the fore during the first and second world wars, and their perspective was very different to that of their male peers, who were reporting from the field. Specifically, they often wrote about war from the perspective of those left at home, struggling to keep the household afloat. And with 'How it feels to be forcibly fed' (1914) by Djuna Barnes, one of the world's very first experiential, or 'gonzo' journalists, came a new age of reporting. Since then, women have continued to break new ground in newspapers and magazines, redefining the world as we see it. Many of the pieces here feel almost unsettlingly relevant today -- the conclusions Emma 'Red' Goldman drew in her 1916 'The social aspects of birth control', Maddy Vegtel's 1930s article about becoming pregnant at 40, Eleanor Roosevelt's call for greater tolerance after America's race riots in 1943. Many have pushed other limits: Naomi Wolf's Beauty Myth brought feminism to a new generation; Helen Fielding's Bridget Jones caused a media revolution; Ruth Picardie's unflinchingly honest column about living with cancer in 1997 brought a wave of British candour and a host of imitators; and when two iconic women come face to face, we have at one end Dorothy Parker on Isadora Duncan (1928) and at the other Julie Burchill on Margaret Thatcher (2004). This collection of superlative writing, selected by the Sunday Times's most senior female editor, brings together the most influential, incisive, controversial, affecting and entertaining pieces of journalism by the best women in the business. Covering: War; Crime; Politics & Society; Sex & Romance; Body Image & Health; Family, Friendship & Birth; Emancipation & Having it All; Hearth & Home; Icons & Interviews. Including: Lynn Barber, Djuna Barnes, Julie Burchill, Angela Carter, Marie Colvin, Jilly Cooper, Joan Didion, Margaret Drabble, Helen Fielding, Zelda Fitzgerald, Kathryn Flett, Martha Gellhorn, Nicci Gerrard, Emma Goldman, Germaine Greer, Nicola Horlick, Erica Jong, Jamaica Kincaid, India Knight, Christina Lamb, Daphne du Maurier, Nancy Mitford, Suzanne Moore, Camille Paglia, Sylvia Pankhurst, Dorothy Parker, Allison Pearson, Ruth Picardie, Erin Pizzey, Eleanor Roosevelt, Zadie Smith, Susan Sontag, Gloria Steinem, Martha Stewart, Mary Stott, Jill Tweedie, Rebecca West, Zoe Williams, Jeanette Winterson, Naomi Wolf.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 689 KB
  • Print Length: 388 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1845291654
  • Publisher: Constable (1 Mar 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007ECJDG4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Used for my A-Level exam text 21 July 2011
Even if you're not using it as an A-Level text then it's a good read if journalism interests you. The articles really do display journalism at it's finest, and are often very thought provoking. As an A-Level text it was extremely nice to work with as it was very easy to recast the articles into other formats becuase the ideas of the writer are so well conveyed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great for that striving journalist! 10 Jan 2013
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I bought this to get me ready before I go to university to study Broadcast Journalism. Its a wonderful read of women in history from the biggest events to the very personal. Is a great research handbook and brilliant for that extra helping hand and knowlege before I go to study journalism. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Condition 9 Jun 2014
By Gem
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I needed this book for my A2 English course at college, and it arrived quickly, and in good condition like stated. Exactly what I need, and also an interesting book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bought for an A level course. 28 Feb 2014
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I bought this as I teach A level English - it's an interesting set of essays and articles by women writers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars So inspiring 10 Jan 2014
By Laura
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Use for my English work in college. Not enough space to annotate but that doesn't matter as I use sticky notes. Loads of really interesting articles and they are brilliantly inspiring <3
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Bought this whilst studying journalism; it's a very accesible read of some of the most interesting/topical/thought provoking articles written by women journalists. Covers a variety of themes such as war, contraception, relationships etc.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Found it slightly awkward and puzzling 8 Mar 2013
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To be quite honest, I found this book slightly awkward and puzzling - I remember my own English teacher who was a woman - and who used to make a big deal of reading the Guardian every day - abandoning it when it introduced women's pages - as an excuse to target women to advertise clothes etc, she thought. She thought that it was rather insulting to insinuate that women would only, or necessarily, be interested in 'chick-stuff'.

I don't know whether I agree with her or not - or feel completely patronised or not - but someone pointed out to me today (International Women's Day) that there was a great worry/inconsistancy abroad about the Irish Magdalene Laundries Scandal. According to the article in the Guardian about the Court Case in Ireland it only came to an end - the business and the abuse - in 1996 - so how come the BBC, for instance, which has offices in Ireland even, did not know about it - or had made no documentaries about it - and how come other newspapers in England had failed to investigate it/report it before Febraury 2013??????
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect 3 Jan 2013
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Just the book that I needed for my coursework at a price I as a student can afford. Thank you
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