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How to Own the Room, by Viv Groskop

How to Own the Room could do for public speaking what Working Girl did for women’s career dreams in the 80s: it’s a masterclass in self belief.

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Wide Sargasso Sea, by Jean Rhys

Wide Sargasso Sea is an origin story for Jane Eyre’s insane Mrs Rochester. Her history is one of blame, black magic and betrayal.

Don't Look Now: Ornately dressed masked figure in Venice

Don’t look now, by Daphne du Maurier

Readers who come to du Maurier’s short story collection ‘Don’t Look Now’ may be disappointed – not because the writing is bad, but because it’s too good.

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Good Morning, Midnight, by Jean Rhys

Sasha is, to borrow half a title, ‘down and out in Paris’. Not a cheery read by any stretch of the imagination, Good Morning, Midnight is the story of a woman who just doesn’t fit.

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Feminism and gender politics in Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale

Long read: Feminism or fascism – which wins out in Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale?