Top Ten: Female Directed Films

As I get older I find myself becoming increasingly feminist in my opinions. I look around me and I see reports of women facing sexism in their daily lives, I watch Parliament and hear female MPs being told to “behave” by their male colleagues and I have to bite my tongue…

We Need To Talk About Kevin

There are some books which are wonderful reads, but tough at the same time and generally not ones that lend themselves to re-reading. Lionel Shriver’s 2005 Orange-Prize winning novel We Need To Talk About Kevin is one of those books…

Madeline Miller WIns Orange Prize

Congratulations to debut novelist Madeline Miller who has won the Orange Prize for fiction with her first novel The Song of Achilles. The Orange Prize celebrates women’s writing and I’ve always found it to be the literary prize that I’ve most identified with….

We Need To Talk About Kevin Film Trailer Released

Lionel Shriver’s brilliant and shocking Orange Prize-winning novel We Need To Talk About Kevin has been adapted for the big screen. The film stars Tilda Swinton and John C Reilly as the couple whose son Kevin murders students and teachers at his high school. The Guardian has a sneak peek at the trailer. The book is outstanding but I’m unsure how appealing a film with quite so many unattractive characters will be for cinema audiences.