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Everywoman: One Woman’s Truth About Speaking the Truth Hardcover – 23 Feb 2017
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"Joyfully candid and very funny." (Guardian)
"Lord knows we need more MPs like Jess Phillips . . . as fresh as mountain air amid the Westminster tumbleweed in this refreshingly bracing memoir." (Metro)
"This book really is like reading a transcript of your cleverest, funniest friends talking about what’s getting their goat, at that point where the prosecco has made them sparkly and before it makes them silly. Not to denigrate the talent of Lena Dunham and Caitlin Moran but Everywoman has all the laughs theirs have with a backbone of real glinting anger, which has not had to manicure and mutate itself in order to maintain a cool media career . . . I have had to review loads of books which I couldn’t stand. This was the first which I dreaded going back to because there were so many funny and wise things on each page that whittling them down into a review seemed impossible." (Julie Burchill Spectator)
"Jess Phillips knows the truth – about her self and about power, about our country. She asks the most difficult questions of herself and her party and here she shows how scary and sad as well as joyful and liberating the answers can be. Facts are political, the truth is universal." (Damian Barr)
"Not enough women are writing about politics and their own experiences, not only with honesty and personality, but with humour, too." (Fiona Wilson The Times)
"Jess Phillips has empowering stories - and tells them well . . . Arresting." (Gaby Hinscliff Observer)
"Fast, furious and often funny prose . . . she paints a vivid picture of the price of public life for women." (Melissa Benn New Statesman)
"A bracing, engaging read." (Sunday Express S Magazine)
"At a time when politicians can seem more out of reach than ever, and like they're really not listening, Phillips is the kind of political force we need." (Stylist)
"This is one book I’m glad an MP has written." (London Evening Standard)
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I did find myself puzzling over the identity of her intended reader: the tone and content’s too general for women who follow politics yet a little specialised for those who normally wouldn’t. However, I found Phillips’s brand of practical feminist advice appealing: it represents the resurgence of an everyday, activist feminism. A kind that’s been overshadowed by the rise of gender studies with its increasingly inaccessible, abstract theoretical forms. Phillips’s discussion of the scale of domestic violence in the U.K., alone, should be enough to demonstrate that many, many women still need a lot more than abstract theorizing will ever deliver. So, overall a fairly decent, if uneven, fast read and one I’d probably think of passing on to younger women who are just starting to take an interest in feminism, politics and their own futures.
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