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LIFE RAFT VII : I AM NOT YOUR BABY MOTHER - A CONVERSATION WITH CANDICE BRATHWAITE

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Candice Brathwaite is the founder of Make Motherhood Diverse – a platform that’s challenging the stereotypical narrative of motherhood. She’s also a presenter and a writer and her book, I Am Not Your Baby Mother, is out this week! The book - part memoir, part manifesto - is a powerful challenge to narrow mainstream depictions of motherhood and a call to mums like her to take control, scrapping the parenting rulebook to mother their own way. From black British mothers who may feel unseen and overlooked to those who need to challenge their ideas about what the term ‘mother’ means to them, this is...

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LIFE RAFT VII: LOOKING FOR ELIZA WITH LEA ARBUTHNOTT

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Times are tough, if you could use a shot of warmth to thaw your frozen hearts give the wonderful Leaf Arbuthnot a go! Books have such a long journey from page to print I’m always amazed when one lands that is JUST the right book for JUST the right time- cue Looking for Eliza. It’s a warm, quirky inter-generational novel about grief and isolation and friendship that is brimming with heart and humour. BUY THE BOOK HERE. It’s quietly queer, gently hopeful and very funny- it explores the power of reaching out, of connection, of shared stories and poetry and writing.\...

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LIFE RAFT V: ALISON PHIPPS TAKES ON MAINSTREAM FEMINISM

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‘This is a necessary and vital addition to feminist texts. Alison Phipps has done exactly what women of colour wish we saw more of during these days of #NotAllWhiteWomen. She has looked white feminism and political whiteness in the eyes and delivered a much-needed reckoning. It is exhausting to both fight political whiteness and explain to white women what that whiteness is, how it benefits them and why the status quo must end if we are all to be free.’ -Mona Eltahawy As a feminist bookshop, we regularly have publishers pitching us books by women that we are “going to...

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LIFE RAFT III: SWAY - DR PRAGYA AGRWAL UNRAVELS UNCONSCIOUS BIAS

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One of the 2020 books we are most excited about is Sway - and though we now can’t physically throw copies at absolutely everyone as planned, we are STILL excited, and we can still shout about it. Pragya’s book is a vital and fascinating study of prejudices - how we all have them, and what that means for the world we live in and interact with. Anyone who is genuinely committed to building an anti racist, feminist future that includes our disabled, queer and marginalised communities - should really read this book. Because it’s brilliantly written and thoroughly enjoyable, but also because it is...

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