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CHANGES OF HEART: Reflections on Women’s Independence
In the 1980s women who had experienced the exhilaration and solidarity of a movement at its height a decade earlier, found themselves in a more atomised society undermined by Thatcherite policies. Through interviews and fragments of autobiography, this book looks at some enduring female dilemmas and asks how the gains of the women’s liberation movement had changed individual lives.
‘Thought-provoking reflections on women’s independence’
‘This is a thoughtful, eloquent book that does its best to be optimistic in these difficult times.’
‘The connection or non-connection between feminism and politics is gently explored in Liz Heron’s fascinating and sensitive Changes of Heart.’
British Book News
STREETS OF DESIRE
Women’s Fictions of the 20th-Century City
(Virago 1993, US edition CITY WOMEN Beacon Press)
An anthology of stories and extracts from novels, with commentaries decade by decade. These fictions illuminate the 20th-century city, as women explore new freedoms, encounter politics and cross cultural frontiers. Alongside the great European capitals are Leningrad and Lagos, Tokyo and Shanghai, New York and São Paulo. The writers include Ingeborg Bachmann, Djuna Barnes, Angela Carter, Lidia Ginzburg, Toni Morrison, Dorothy Parker, Flora Nwapa, Jean Rhys, Christina Stead and Virginia Woolf.
‘Liz Heron is interested in how the city’s intimation of infinite unknown possibilities is negotiated in women’s writing in the 20th-century… The selections are guided by an evident love of writing which, in style as well as content, conveys a refusal to “stay put”.’
Sheila Rowbotham, The Guardian
‘An interesting insight into the way an urban landscape can shape the female consciousness.’
The Sunday Times
‘A rich and varied collection showing women who embrace the city, defy it, are crushed by it, endure it, and conquer it.’
‘This splendid anthology mines some rich veins of 20th-century writing on women and the cities they inhabit.’
New York Newsday
By Giorgio Agamben (Verso,1993)
A profound and radical exploration of language, infancy and everyday life by the Italian philosopher.
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A RED RIVER
In a strange Paris hotel the proprietress narrates the seductive compulsions of her career; a purser’s wife runs away to sea; and the title novella, set in 19th-century Spain, charts uprising against a British colony. These are stories that blur the line between fiction and history.
‘Liz Heron’s first impressive novella and short stories, A Red River, has Conradian echoes, giving her a voice which is paradoxically humanist and post-modern.’
Scottish Literature, eds.Douglas Gifford, Sarah Dunnigan and Alan MacGillivray, Edinburgh University Press 2002
‘Written with a cool authority, this is an impressive debut.’
Judy Cooke, Mail on Sunday
‘Liz Heron’s first collection, A Red River, recalls Rose Tremain’s marvellous historical stories although the writing is more pared down, more documentary.’
Giles Gordon, The Times
‘Heron, a Scot, has lived in several countries, and her work reflects a nomadic spirit steeped in world literature… intelligent, crafted prose.’
Scotland on Sunday
‘Subtle and richly haunting short stories.’
Frances Spalding, TES