Book Review: ‘Radical Help’ by Hilary Cottam

I am wary of the word ‘radical’. It feels brash, idealistic, even aggressive, somehow. Maybe it’s just been overused, it seemed to crop up everywhere during my Masters degree, attempting to appeal to some sort of youthful optimism – ‘this is radical! new! you young people will love it! a complete overhaul will happen right … Continue reading Book Review: ‘Radical Help’ by Hilary Cottam

Book Review: ‘Heroines’ by Kate Zambreno

'Memoir is a woman writer's forbidden and often avoided continent. The threat perhaps is a woman writing her own narrative, being her own author.' (236) This book is perhaps best defined in Kate Zambreno’s own words as an emotion-fuelled ‘memory campaign’. In it, Zambreno takes up the worthy task of rescuing the voices of forgotten … Continue reading Book Review: ‘Heroines’ by Kate Zambreno

Recovery in ‘Will and Testament’ by Vigdis Hjorth

‘I expected to become psychotic, but I didn’t, so somewhat surprised I got up, looked around, and then I left, what else could I do? It was a clear and sparkling August day, I hadn’t noticed that until now. The air was warm, I hadn’t noticed that before. I walked down Bogstadveien, what else could … Continue reading Recovery in ‘Will and Testament’ by Vigdis Hjorth