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How Enid Blyton Made Me a Feminist

Posted on July 5th, 2016 by

Enid Blyton was prolific author mainly known for children’s books although she’s not been too popular in recent years because of the politically incorrect tone of her books. Aged 6 or 7 I knew nothing about political correctness; the term hadn’t been invented. I did know about reading though and I loved Enid’s work with a passion. Well, her characters. Oh Julian…

Book Review – Be Gender Smart by Inge Woudstra

Posted on October 6th, 2015 by

“Self promotion isn’t nice”

So begins one of the sections in Inge’s Woudtra’s new book Be Gender Smart. More on that ‘niceness’ later.

I get sent lots of books to review so I will ‘fess up and say I didn’t actually buy this. It was sent as a gift with a lovely inscription, for which many thanks, Inge! However, I would have bought this book because it brings together a lot of information in one place in a very readable format, with practical advice.

Women, Self Esteem, and How to Get It

Posted on September 3rd, 2015 by

Self esteem,, or rather lack of, is always cited as a big issue for women. Read what Christine Webber, psychotherapist, has to say on the topic.

I Confess – I Had a Fling But Now It’s Over

Posted on March 11th, 2015 by

I’ve been fickle, I admit it. I had a brief meaningless fling with my new friend, Kindle, but it’s over, trust me. Oh, I keep in touch for old times sake, and I take the old thing away on trips to keep it happy, but actually it only really served to rekindle (!) my love affair with books. I am back to books for good. There is something so beautiful and timeless about books. I just have to see a

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9 Etiquette Tips for Women On The Way Up

Posted on February 28th, 2014 by

I was browsing again through my copy of  ‘A Woman’s Place is in the Boardroom’ by Peninah Thomson & Jacey Graham  (Palgrave Macmillan) when I came across the chapter on using personal power and charm.  I really like their 9 etiquette points and thought I’d share them with you: Write those ‘thank you’ letters for help given to you or kindness shown to you. Don’t inadvertently be rude. Don’t just observe the courtesies; be courteous and well mannered always. Try

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What Keeps Leaders Up At Night? by Nicole Lipkin

Posted on August 27th, 2013 by

Increasingly I get sent books to review, usually on women’s issues and women in management etc.  Most of them never make it onto these pages as I only review books I think will be genuinely helpful to my readers, and not cure their insomnia… If I’m honest it took me a while to get into What Keeps Leaders…which was nothing to do with the book itself, more an indicator of my workload. Plus, it is an American book, and not

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