The Power by Naomi Alderman

The Power by Naomi Alderman

As 2018 is the year of the woman I have been hunting out the best in women’s fiction and non fiction and have a huge list of books I want to read. The Power by Naomi Alderman was top of my list. I was slightly apprehensive as it is a dystopian novel which I never seem to get on with.

The book follows four different threads – Roxy who witnesses her mum being murdered by a gang of men and she seeks revenge. Tunde, who is the only male main character, is a journalist who goes in search of the women who are discovering they have the power to take over the world. The there’s Allie who becomes the leader of the women’s ascent to be the more dominant sex. And finally Margot who is a polictial figure in the US and has two teenage daughters who are succumbing to the power.

The power all the women possess come from their skien which women sporadically. It causes them to kill men in their quest for power and even causes terrorist attacks.

It’s an incredible and shocking novel. It turns some feminist viewpoints on it head and demonstrates that for any sex to have total control isn’t for the best. Equality is what is needed. I’ve never read a novel like it – it felt empowering yet destructive at the same time. It’s mostly different a thought provoking novel and is completely apt for the world we are living in.

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Not Working by Lisa Owens

Not Working by Lisa Owens
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Not Working is absolutely hilarious. I read it over Christmas and New Year when I was feeling slightly down in the dumps and it was just the pick me up I needed.
Claire is in a dead end marketing job where she feel under valued and unable to move forward in her role. She drinks too much, makes plenty of mistakes and eats all the wrong foods. She lives with long term partner Luke who is the model boyfriend and is a doctor.
Claire decides, one day, enough is enough and quits her job to weigh up her options. Luke thinks this will be for a few weeks whilst she’s applying for jobs, left right and centre however Claire doesn’t know what she wants to do and spends months trying to find her calling, (which basically means she’s applies for one job a day and spend the rest watching tv and looking at monkey videos on YouTube). She even goes back to her old job as a temp for a short time.
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Things aren’t so good with her family either – she’s recently lost her grandad and then one innocent conversation takes a dark turn when her mum assumes Claire is confirming she has been moletsed by her granddad.
At times Claire’s whingeing does get slightly annoying but for the majority of the novel she is hilarious. Think a sister to Bridget Jones’s and you will definitely need have Claire all worked out.