Laurie Penny’s UNSPEAKABLE THINGS is published today in paperback by Bloomsbury, with a bold new look for the cover. Laurie’s lively dissection of ‘unspeakable things’ has already attracted many fans including Joss Whedon who said, ‘Laurie Penny takes no prisoners - she'd rather free 'em’ and Irvine Welsh who called Laurie Penny ‘an insightful, provocative and bold commentator.’
Smart, clear-eyed and irreverent, UNSPEAKABLE THINGS is a fresh look at gender and power in the twenty-first century asking difficult questions about dissent and desire, money and masculinity, sexual violence, menial work, mental health, queer politics and the Internet. Liz Hoggard, in the Observer, called UNSPEAKABLE THINGS ‘a rollercoaster of a book, taking in poverty and prejudice, rioting and mutiny, slut-shaming and cybersexism.’
Laurie Penny was born in London in 1986, became a feminist in 1992 and started her first radical splinter group in 1995, petitioning for girls to be allowed to wear trousers in her school playground. She is a Contributing Editor for New Statesman, and freelances for The Guardian, The Times, The Huffington Post and various ranty socialist rags. She is the author of the popular left-wing feminist blog Penny Red and has recently been a Nieman fellow at Harvard University.
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Praise for UNSPEAKABLE THINGS
‘I can’t really think of another writer at the moment who so consistently and bravely keeps thinking and talking and learning and trying to make the world better.’ – Caitlin Moran
‘We need her. … We need fresh, extreme voices to make us re-examine ourselves for complacency and closed-mindedness. Penny forces us to test the ground we stand on and say, yes.’ – Melanie Reid, The Times
‘Penny is an elegant writer… Unspeakable Things deftly examines the shifting meanings of sex and gender in Western cultures and unpacks as many lies as it can identify.’ - New York Times
‘Penny has given us a feminist book for our time that burns with a wild light and deserves attention.' - Publisher's Weekly
'Laurie Penny is such an insightful, provocative and bold commentator. She is always relevant without slavishly following a supposedly 'topical' agenda set by others. Most importantly, she never compromises her compassion and humanity in the myopic pursuit of an idea. It's such qualities that make UNSPEAKABLE THINGS essential for anybody who truly believes in equality and freedom' – Irvine Welsh
'UNSPEAKABLE THINGS is coruscating polemic, full of the rhythm and repetition of oratory and persuasive and unsettling... angry and challenging, but also full of compassion... an impressive, inspiring and, I suspect, important manifesto' - Financial Times