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Suzannah Lipscomb is a British historian, academic and television presenter who has written and appeared in a number of television and radio programmes about British history.
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From Spare Oom to War Drobe
Travels in Narnia with my nine-year-old self
Katherine Langrish - Apr 29, 2021
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Suzannah Lipscomb
May 26, 2021
I’ve been meaning to tell you all how I loved this book: so moving, wise, and learned. Here styled with a cat who wishes he were a Talking Beast of Narnia with a Lion for a King.      source
Motherwell
A Girlhood
Deborah Orr - Jan 05, 2021 (first published in 2020)
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Just shy of 18, Deborah Orr left Motherwell - the town she both loved and hated - to go to university. It was a decision her mother railed against from the moment the idea was raised. Win had very little agency in the world, every choice was determined by the men in her life. And strangely, she wanted the same for her daughter. Attending university...
Suzannah Lipscomb
Mar 08, 2021
To honour #IWD2021, let me tell you about some books written by women that I read since the last IWD & that I loved: Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments - Saidiya Hartman The Argonauts - Maggie Nelson Motherwell: A Memoir - Deborah Orr The Mermaid of Black Conch - @moniqueroffey      source
Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments
Intimate Histories of Riotous Black Girls, Troublesome Women, and Queer Radicals
Saidiya Hartman - Jan 14, 2020 (first published in 2019)
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A breathtaking exploration of the lives of young black women in the early twentieth century.In Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments, Saidiya Hartman examines the revolution of black intimate life that unfolded in Philadelphia and New York at the beginning of the twentieth century. Free love, common-law and transient marriages, serial partners, coha...
Suzannah Lipscomb
Mar 08, 2021
To honour #IWD2021, let me tell you about some books written by women that I read since the last IWD & that I loved: Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments - Saidiya Hartman The Argonauts - Maggie Nelson Motherwell: A Memoir - Deborah Orr The Mermaid of Black Conch - @moniqueroffey      source
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The Argonauts
Maggie Nelson - Jan 26, 2016
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An intrepid voyage out to the frontiers of the latest thinking about love, language, and family.Maggie Nelson's The Argonauts is a genre-bending memoir, a work of "autotheory" offering fresh, fierce, and timely thinking about desire, identity, and the limitations and possibilities of love and language. At its center is a romance: the story of the a...
Suzannah Lipscomb
Mar 08, 2021
To honour #IWD2021, let me tell you about some books written by women that I read since the last IWD & that I loved: Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments - Saidiya Hartman The Argonauts - Maggie Nelson Motherwell: A Memoir - Deborah Orr The Mermaid of Black Conch - @moniqueroffey      source
Mermaid of Black Conch
Monique Roffey
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April 1976: St Constance, a tiny Caribbean village on the island of Black Conch, at the start of the rainy season. A fisherman sings to himself in his pirogue, waiting for a catch—but attracts a sea-dweller he doesn’t expect. Aycayia, a beautiful young woman cursed by jealous wives to live as a mermaid, has been swimming the Caribbean Sea for centu...
Suzannah Lipscomb
Mar 08, 2021
To honour #IWD2021, let me tell you about some books written by women that I read since the last IWD & that I loved: Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments - Saidiya Hartman The Argonauts - Maggie Nelson Motherwell: A Memoir - Deborah Orr The Mermaid of Black Conch - @moniqueroffey      source
Parallel Lives
Five Victorian Marriages
Phyllis Rose - Oct 12, 1984 (first published in 1983)
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In her study of the married couple as the smallest political unit, Phyllis Rose uses as examples the marriages of five Victorian writers who wrote about their own lives with unusual candor....
Suzannah Lipscomb
Feb 10, 2021
@HistorianHelen Oh yes, beautiful book!      source
Hearing Happiness
Deafness Cures in History (Chicago Visions and Revisions)
Jaipreet Virdi - Aug 31, 2020
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At the age of four, Jaipreet Virdi’s world went silent. A severe case of meningitis left her alive but deaf, suddenly treated differently by everyone. Her deafness downplayed by society and doctors, she struggled to “pass” as hearing for most of her life. Countless cures, treatments, and technologies led to dead ends. Never quite deaf enough for th...
Suzannah Lipscomb
Nov 25, 2020
@KristophLovell And a very good book there too!      source
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Landscape And Memory
Simon Schama - Apr 04, 1995
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An extraordinary book that explores how the earth itself has shaped the Western imagination and how, as a result, our interaction with the environment is far richer and more complex than today's doomsayers would have us believe....
Suzannah Lipscomb
Nov 24, 2020
@robertotoole A wonderful book. And weighty.      source
What Mothers Do
Especially When It Looks Like Nothing
Naomi Stadlen - Aug 01, 2005
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'I wish I'd had this book years ago - to show to bosses who didn't understand, to friends who couldn't grasp why I was permanently tired, and even to myself - to know that I wasn't the only one who wished for an extra eight hours in the day.' Anne Diamond, television presenter, mother. 'Naomi Stadlen writes with understanding, deep insight and humo...
Suzannah Lipscomb
Jul 24, 2020
@CuratorPolly In this phase, kindness to yourself is all. And belief in the importance of what you’re doing is crucial too. (There’s a book by Naomi Stadlen called ‘What Mothers Do: especially when it looks like nothing’ that I recommend.)      source
Why Study History?
Peter N. Stearns - Jun 22, 2020
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Studying any subject at degree level is an investment in the future that involves significant cost. Now more than ever, students and their parents need to weigh up the potential benefits of university courses. That's where the Why Study series comes in. This series of books, aimed at students, parents and teachers, explains in practical terms the r...
Suzannah Lipscomb
May 26, 2020
This book is a breath of fresh air! If you’re wondering about whether to study history at university, whether it’s a practical choice, what job you might get at the end of it, and how to choose where to study, this is the book for you.      source
Home Fire
A Novel
Kamila Shamsie - Sep 04, 2018 (first published in 2017)
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WINNER OF THE 2018 WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTIONLONGLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE The suspenseful and heartbreaking story of an immigrant family driven to pit love against loyalty, with devastating consequencesIsma is free. After years of watching out for her younger siblings in the wake of their mother's death, she's accepted an invitation from a me...
Suzannah Lipscomb
Jul 21, 2018
@RachMFarrow @AmandaPCraig Please keep reading history books! But this is a great novel. Read this and Kamla Shamsie’s Home Fire to get back into fiction.      source
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