Women who did amazing science, then wrote books about it

My appetite for popular science-tied-with-memoir books has grown and grown over the last few years. Thankfully (but also painfully) scientists are writing more of these books than I can keep up with. There's a fairly even balance of gender among the authors I've read. Yet in most cases, my most memorable books have been written … Continue reading Women who did amazing science, then wrote books about it

Book review: My Broken Vagina by Fran Bushe

I have always felt less than a woman because of my vaginismus - a condition where sex is difficult or impossible, and very painful. Starting with sex education at school, I have grown up in a culture that treats (heteronormative) penetrative sex as the only sex that really counts, and as something that women are … Continue reading Book review: My Broken Vagina by Fran Bushe

The Stubborn Light of Things by Melissa Harrison: a strong contender for your Christmas list

If The Stubborn Light of Things was an object other than a book, it would be a wooden countryside gate, drifting open at the gentlest of touches to let you onto the path beyond. Nature-writing is a tricksy beast of a genre. I find myself less enamoured as time goes by of the books that … Continue reading The Stubborn Light of Things by Melissa Harrison: a strong contender for your Christmas list