So what IS feminist about Perfect Ten?

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My novel Perfect Ten is number nine in the Feminist Critique category again. It was previously a bestseller in that category along with Naiomi Alderman’s The Power and Mary Beard’s Women and Power. So what makes my psychological thriller about revenge feminist? I am always interested in what people who read Perfect Ten have to […]


Angry Women: Picasso and Amazon Reviewers

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Marie-Thérèse Perfect Ten

Last week I was lucky enough to visit the Tate Modern in London to see the Pablo Picasso exhibition ‘1932 – LOVE, FAME, TRAGEDY’ I knew a little about Picasso’s life but this visit was a real education about who he was, not least how he divided his time between his wife Olga and his […]


Flawed Mothers in Fiction – or are they?

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To celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8th, from today until the end of March I’ll be writing articles about ‘flawed’ women in fiction. As a psychologist and as a woman, I have never warmed to passive women in fiction. I see them as a foil to the ‘bad man’ and isn’t that too easy? […]

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International Womens Day and the Bechdel Test

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As it’s International Womens Day it’s a good opportunity to think about the Bechdel Test. The Bechdel Test is a benchmark for films developed by Alison Bechdel in 1985. For a film to pass the Bechdel test it must contain a scene where two women are talking to each other about anything except men. The conversation can […]