An intelligent and captivating read . . . you'll want to lock yourself away and devour it from beginning to end
Praise for Melissa Benn's writing: 'Gripping' Guardian 'Brilliant' The Times 'Insightful, deeply affecting' Time Out 'Extraordinary . . . and emotional and political tour-de-force' Independent on Sunday 'You won't be able to put it down' Tatler
A Bible for . . . Any young woman who has ever doubted herself, Any brilliant mind who has ever felt unworthy for not carrying off the latest faddy fashion trend or sexualised beauty look. Any modern-day Goddess who feels destabilised and lost.
Benn's writing is profoundly reasonable, while infused with a spirit of creative rebellion, pleasure and fun. I particularly liked her reflective musings on her own pregnancy when she felt simultaneously 'dismembered' and 'energized', and her evocative account of repeating with her own daughters her mother's practice of waving her off to school. This is a good book for daughters, for sons, and indeed for all of us
Wide-ranging, thoughtful, even-handed . . . Her forensic approach adds valuable nuance
Benn grapples eloquently with character, self, confidence, anger, the unquantifiable but elemental traits that make us human . . . but it is her call to the mind and the soul that I will outright steal: I believe we owe our daughters curiosity: the chance to be, or become, strangers, even to us, as we inquire of, and show are selves willing to hear, wishes and dreams we may never have imagined