We: A Manifesto is a piece of work by actress Gillian Anderson and journalist Jennifer Nadel. The two friends have worked together on this project in hopes to give women a push towards freeing themselves from, well, themselves.
This new release begins:
“Imagine a sisterhood – across all creeds and cultures. An unspoken agreement that we, as women, will support and encourage one another. That we will remember we don’t know what struggles each of us may be facing elsewhere in our lives and so we will assume that each of us is doing our best…”
It promotes itself as “inspiring, empowering, provocative”, and attempts to be more than just a self-help book. It discusses spirituality, politics, meaning and purpose in life, with practical and psychological tools to use daily.
For those of us who are more than a little cynical when it comes to self-help books in general, it is said to be rather more straight-talking than most. I for one look forward to being challenged!
Author KC Land, aged 24, recently wrote and self-published her debut storybook Negan The Stardust, which attempts to explain one of the first and most important questions we ask: what are we made of, and where did we come from?
Land’s story is of a brave stellar atom named Negan who wanders with her friends Carbon and Hydrogen towards Earth after her own home is destroyed in a catastrophic explosion called a supernova.
The idea first came about when the author-whose real name is Casey Keene Stakland- was dealing with intense questions from her son.
“My son started asking some big questions such as ‘Why are we real?’ and ‘How did we get here?’ at the tender age of three. I tried at first to explain simply that we are real because we can make choices and that we all came from our mothers’ tummies, but he was obviously not satisfied with these answers and continued to ask.”
Now today we hear the news that there are two new Doctor Who stories coming later this year and female authors are again the flavour of the day. However, we’re in for a real treat this time as the two new stories are written by award winning Naomi Alderman (The Power), and Juno Dawson.
The ‘Creative call to arms’ will combine Neil Gaiman’s words with striking illustrations from Chris Riddell, drawn from speeches, poems and creative manifestos Art Matters will explore how reading, imagining and creating can change the world.
Today we hear the news that there’s a fourth book coming, and we’re sure those who loved the trilogy will be thrilled. Out on 2nd October, A Map of Days is going to take Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children in a new direction and we can only hope it’s as thrilling as the previous books were. Read More
But it’s not the one we’re waiting for
Fans of George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series will be pleased to learn that this year they’ll have an excuse to return to the lands of Westeros. No, it’s not the long awaited Winds of Winter, but is instead a book that chronicles the long and bloody reign of the Targaryen kings and queens that ruled Westeros thanks to the might of their dragons.
Announced on Martin’s official blog, Fire and Blood is set to be released later this year on November 20 and will release simultaneously in both the US and the UK. Translated editions will take a little longer to release but will follow shortly after. Despite being the first of two books, the tome’s manuscript comes in at just shy of 1000 pages (989 to be exact) and will begin with the reign of Aegon I up to the regency of Aegon III.