Zora Neale Hurston

Forgotten Women: The Story of Zora Neale Hurston

“Sometimes, I feel discriminated against, but it does not make me angry. It merely astonishes me. How can any deny themselves the pleasure of my company? It’s beyond me.” – Zora Neale Hurston Zora Neale Hurston was a writer that had long fascinated the Books That Matter team. We were endlessly curious about her story, her life, and her much …

The Forgotten Women of International Women's Day

The Forgotten Women of International Women’s Day

This week, we celebrated International Women’s Day, an awareness day recognised annually on March 8th. It is a day to celebrate the achievements, contributions and acceleration of women across social, cultural, economical and political fields. But it wasn’t always hashtags, special offers, and selfies. Whilst the recognised celebration is a beautiful one, International Women’s Day came as a result of …

Darling_by_Rachel Edwards

Representing social concerns in a modern thriller: Darling by Rachel Edwards

by Joanne Norris Throughout history, literature has been an important vessel not just for entertainment, but as a way of experiencing the world. Whether it’s contemplating complex emotions and relationships or responding to current events, literature helps us see. It reflects the world back, giving us insight into experiences different to our own; experiences that have the power to dramatically …

Why Brexit is a Feminist Issue

Why Brexit is a Feminist Issue

Brexit is a term that most of us in the UK hear, on estimation, at least once a day. Whether it’s on the radio, on the TV, or in conversation, Brexit is everywhere. The bombardment of information is overwhelming, and the slaloming actions of parliament are becoming increasingly difficult to keep up with. In this age of uncertainty of the …

Jean Rhys - The Woman who Wrote Women

Jean Rhys – The Woman who Wrote Women

Jean Rhys was an author who innovated writing upon women’s emotions, mental health, and sexuality in a way that became a cornerstone of the modernist period of literature. Her definitive yet flawed female protagonists in her works like Good Morning, Midnight, Leaving Mr McKenzie, and her iconic, Wide Sargasso Sea, put her on the map for centuries to come as …

Good Morning Midnight

‘It seems to me that things repeat themselves over and over again.’

Time and Repetition in Jean Rhys’ Good Morning, Midnight By Joanne Norris At the time that Jean Rhys was writing Good Morning, Midnight, expressing the complexities and sadness of the female experience was an uncommon subject. When the novel came out in 1939, it was deemed too depressing. Even as a modern reader, it feels shocking to be privy to …

What a Time To Love Ourselves

What a Time To Love Ourselves

“Focus on your truth, focus on your message, focus on you.” (Eggurue, ‘What A Time To Be Alone’) By Erin Stott Flowering from feminist roots and unapologetic black pride, The Slumflower’s manifesto for self love guides us: on how to take charge of our lives and relationships; how to stay true to ourselves; and how we can realistically – and …