I didn’t expect to go a whole week without blogging (which seems like an eternity) but I have been really, really ill and have only just started feeling (slightly) normal again. I was able to get a bit of reading done the first couple of days I was ill but then all I could manage was endless episodes of Grey’s Anatomy to keep me company (which I have made tremendous progress on, by the way).
Anyway, as I don’t have much energy to try and write up a couple of book reviews right now I thought I would share another bookshop I visited (back in January) in London – Bookmarks. Apparently the largest socialist bookshop in Britain, Bookmarks is a wonderful treasure trove of books on feminism, civil rights, trade unionism, politics and ‘radical’ children’s books. They also publish their own publications and is described as ‘the university of activists’.
Found on Bloomsbury Road, just a stones throw away from the British Museum, I found their collection absolutely wonderful – there were books on the Irish Troubles, which are of particular interest to me, as well as a wonderful section of secondhand books.
However, my main aim for visiting Bookmarks was to find a recently published book on the state of feminism today. I sure picked the right place as there was not just one shelf of books to pick from (like in most bookshops), but a whole modular of shelves dedicated to feminism. I had a hard choice of picking just one but I did manage it!
I decided on Catherine Redfern and Kristin Aune’s Reclaiming the F Word: Feminism Today. As a fan of Redfern’s website, The F Word, I was intrigued to learn more about her stance on feminism and this book ‘reveals the what, why and how of today’s feminism, from cosmetic surgery to celebrity culture, from sex to singleness and now, in this new edition, the gendered effects of possibly the worst economic crisis ever’.