March is an exciting month for 4th Estate. We are proud as punch to publish an incredible variety of women’s writing and so this year, we are celebrating our female authors and women’s writing as a whole throughout the entire month of March. From iconic works by Joan Didion and Penelope Fitzgerald, to the pioneering voices of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Angela Saini, 4th Estate has you totally covered for all your feminist needs.
We will be posting pieces to our website every single day of the month this March. That’s right, every single day! We will be bringing you exclusive pieces from our wonderful array of authors, 4th Estate personal picks from everyone in the team, recommendations to kick-start your 4th Estate feminist bookshelf, along with competitions to win some truly fantastic books. And more!
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I began listening to my grandmother properly — and with a tape-recorder — twenty years ago, when she was already in her late 70s (she died when she was about 97). I loved listening to her: her use of language was so musical, and apt, and vivid. She would have recognised Chaucer, I sometimes thought, her speech had a similar earthiness, a poetic, sophisticated seeming-simplicity that arose partly from character, partly from the rich and very old religious and social background in which everyone around her shared. And partly because she did not learn to read until she was in her 60s, and everything was from memory – stories and jokes and dreams told and retold, in an oral culture that prized the ability to do this in the most skilful way possible.