Kamila Shamsie; Young feminist writing

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Kamila Shamsie on her latest novel A God in Every Stone, a powerful interwoven story that crosses continents and decades, culminating in dramatic and tragic events in Peshawar in 1930. She talks about the little-known history of the Indian soldiers (sepoys) who fought in the First World War and about what it is like to be officially both a British and a Pakistani writer.

Laura Bates is the author of Everyday Sexism, a new book bringing together some of the personal experiences of sexist behaviour sent in to her website by people from all over the world. Emer O'Toole is another young feminist working on a book, Girls Will Be Girls, out later this year. They consider what their message is for a new generation of feminists; and post-Caitlin Moran, does feminism have to be funny?

John Crace has been writing Digested Reads for the Guardian newspaper since the turn of the century. He tells Mariella about the fine art of finding a writer's tics and making something fresh and funny out of them.

Presenter: Mariella Frostrup
Producer: Sarah Johnson.

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28 minutes

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Thu 24 Apr 2014 15:30


A God in Every Stone by Kamila Shamsie
Everyday Sexism by Laura Bates
Girls Will be Girls by Emer O’Toole (forthcoming from Orion)
How to be a Woman by Caitlin Moran
Living Dolls by Natasha Walter
Female Chauvinist Pigs by Ariel Levy
I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai
The Digested 21st Century by John Crace



Read the Opening Chapter of A God in Every Stone by Kamila Shamsie


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PresenterMariella Frostrup
Interviewed GuestKamila Shamsie
ProducerSarah Johnston

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