Putting together this anthology was a challenge and a delight, and allowed me to commission a diverse group of women with important stories to tell.

Examining 21st-century women who seem to have it all, this collection of life stories from women in their 20s to 70s – from novelists to academics, broadcasters to chefs – reveals how women live today: their desires, discontents, ambitions, and commitments.

Challenging stereotypes of domestic goddesses, ‘oldies’, ‘singletons’, hippies, athletes, DJs and mistresses, the stories report and reflect on new identities with wit and verve, offering fresh, insightful views on the politics of sex and gender in Britain today. (Well, that’s what the cover copy says anyway).

Bit on the Side was serialised in The Independent and in The Daily Mail.

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