How To Be A Heroine (häftad)
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How To Be A Heroine (häftad)

How To Be A Heroine

Or, what I've learned from reading too much

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Häftad Engelska, 2015-01-08
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Cathy Earnshaw or Jane Eyre? Petrova or Posy? Scarlett or Melanie? Lace or Valley of the Dolls? On a pilgrimage to Wuthering Heights, Samantha Ellis found herself arguing with her best friend about which heroine was best: Jane Eyre or Cathy Earnshaw. She was all for wild, passionate Cathy; but her friend found Cathy silly, a snob, while courageous Jane makes her own way. And that's when Samantha realised that all her life she'd been trying to be Cathy when she should have been trying to be Jane. So she decided to look again at her heroines - the girls, women, books that had shaped her ideas of the world and how to live. Some of them stood up to the scrutiny (she will always love Lizzy Bennet); some of them most decidedly did not (turns out Katy Carr from What Katy Did isn't a carefree rebel, she's a drip). There were revelations (the real heroine of Gone with the Wind? It's Melanie), joyous reunions (Anne of Green Gables), poignant memories (Sylvia Plath) and tearful goodbyes (Lucy Honeychurch). And then there was Jilly Cooper... How To Be A Heroine is Samantha's funny, touching, inspiring exploration of the role of heroines, and our favourite books, in all our lives - and how they change over time, for better or worse, just as we do.
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    Anna H, 4 april 2019

    Underbart medryckande bok om att läsa och att omvärdera sin ungdoms hjältinnor (eller hjältar för den den). Inspirerade mig att läsa om Wuthering Hights och mycket riktigt blev det en helt annan roman när man läste den som vuxen jämfört med när man var tonåring. Många boktips och insikter i hur mycket vår "kanon" av här i Sverige skiljer sig från den anglosaxiska trots allt. Om du vill utveclas som bokmal så läs denna. Dessutom är den en perfekt present till bokälskaren...

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    Anne Perna, 22 juni 2015

    Denna humoristiska, feministiska och allvarliga bok är ett fantastiskt incitament för att läsa om eller upptäcka spännande och tankeväckande böcker från de senaste två hundra åren. Det är bara att ge sig i äventyret!!!

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Any woman with a remotely bookish childhood will find great pleasure in How to be a Heroine... like Ellis, I find it reassuring that Lizzy Bennet can admit that she was wrong about Darcy, have used Scarlett's indomitable mantra in times of adversity, and have every sympathy with the women who keep their bank accounts separate as in Lace -- Daisy Goodwin * Sunday Times * This is quite simply a genius idea for a book.... A fantastically inspirational memoir that makes you want to reread far too many books -- Viv Groskop * Observer * Brilliant... From Lizzy Bennet to 'go-getting Judy Jordan' from Lace, Samantha Ellis did what we all do, mostly without realising: tried other people's lives on for size in literature * Red * The best kind of book: one that I gobbled up, wanting to go slow to savour it but unable to stop reading until it was all gone. One that made me want to run to the bookshop to buy copies of novels I've never got round to reading and devour those, too -- Rebecca Armstrong * Independent * Delightfully honest and warmly funny -- Eithne Farry * Daily Mail *

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Samantha Ellis is a playwright and journalist. Her first book How to be a Heroine was published in 2014. Her plays include Cling to me Like Ivy, Operation Magic Carpet and How to Date a Feminist. She has written for the Guardian, Observer, TLS, Spectator, Literary Review, The Pool, Exeunt and more. She lives in London.