After a fantastic year of publishing that has seen 4th Estate books win awards and gain presidential approval, we asked our team members (along with those of our sister imprints William Collins and The Friday Project) to tell us about the best books they read in 2014.
Here are their choices:
One week into WOM4N, our month of celebrating female writers, we have an extraordinary interview in which our new favourite feminist interviews our favourite girl. Roxane Gay, a professor of English and creative writing at Purdue University and writer of Bad Feminist, a collection of astounding essays surrounding historical, contemporary and cultural feminism, talks to Lena Dunham, author of the very recently released Not That Kind of Girl about Lena’s compendium of advice, hilarious stories and life lessons. These two female icons speak about Oprah’s world domination, Girls, writing, feminism (of course), dealing with criticism and Twitter feuds.
Roxane Gay: Hello.
Lena Dunham: Hi. I’m such your crazy fan. I love both your books so much. I can’t believe they came out in the same year. And every time I read something about you or by you, I’m just screaming, “Go, go, go!” I’m so psyched! And I can’t say enough how grateful I am that you read the book so thoughtfully.