With the current divorce rate at about 9.8% per 1000 married couples, according to Office for National Statistics, it’s no surprise that many of us will live with divorce at least once in our lives. I was knocked for six when I divorced from my husband. I didn’t know what I was meant to be doing with my life; all my...

It’s been just over a year since Labour MP for Batley and Spen Jo Cox was murdered as she arrived for a routine meeting with her constituents. Still reeling from total and utter grief, her husband Brendan has penned her biography – not simply to map out her life but to celebrate the vibrance but also gentleness with...

If a semi-prominent feminist has written a book, you can bet a month’s wages that I’ve read it. Caitlin Moran, Sara Pascoe, Bridget Christie and many others have become brilliant bedfellows, and so when I spotted Jess Phillips’ Everywoman in my local bookshop this weekend I was simultaneously excited and afraid. It was...

The Harry Potter series, like any great children’s saga, teaches its readers a number of important morals. Most of these are pretty standard staples of children’s fiction; love trumps hate, the value of friendship, etc. But one aspect of the stories was entirely new to most of the young readers: Don’t trust the...

Children’s and Young Adult’s literature has often been seen as the lowbrow element of its world. Engaging children and young people is routinely dismissed as not for “serious writers”. Rowling has managed to go some way to turning these assumptions on their heads. In a literary world that is quick to hand out...