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The book that changed my life

SOME OF OUR FAVOURITE WOMEN SHARE THEIR MOST TREASURED READ AHEAD OF THE DIVA LITERARY FESTIVAL

LIFE-CHANGING BOOKS

STELLA DUFFY

THE PASSION

by Jeanette Winterson

“There have been many books that changed my life, but one that is relevant to this festival is Jeanette Winterson’s The Passion. At the time it was published, we writers who were out as lesbian were still expected to write only from and of a lesbian ghetto created by the straight world’s assumptions about us, rather than our own interests. This book cut through all of that, muddying lines around gender and sexuality, story and history. Years later ‘I’m telling you stories. Trust me’ stays with me still. And I do love a story full of water.”

VG LEE

THE UNLIT LAMP

by Radclyffe Hall

“I read The Unlit Lamp at a time when I was trying to reconcile leading my own life with the responsibilities of a demanding ageing parent. The writing might seem dated but the subject matter will resonate with many women today. It is the story of Joan Ogden, and the power struggle between her mother Mary and Joan’s governess and later beloved friend Elizabeth, to win her affection and loyalty. It’s almost a century old, yet the book remains a relevant page-turner.”

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