Marybeth Hamilton

Those ‘Foolish Women’ Who Stepped Out of Line

Backlash: The Undeclared War Against Women

By

Chatto & Windus 552pp £9.99 order from our bookshop

Call to mind these memorable incidents from the American 1980s. Psychologist Tracy Cabot finds an eager publisher for How to Make a Man Fall in Love With You; her press release announces that ‘forty-year-olds are more likely to be killed by a terrorist than find a husband.’ On the soap opera thirtysomething, while the angelic Hope Steadman stays home with her baby, the single Melissa seethes with jealousy and moans, ‘My biological clock is going off.’ On the big screen that despair turns psychotic. ‘It may be my last chance to have a child!’ shrieks Fatal Attraction’s Medusa-haired career woman, Alex.

Follow Literary Review on Twitter

  • Last Tweets

    • A treat from the LR Archive: exactly 20 years ago, Malcolm Bradbury reviewed John Updike's 'Bech at Bay' ,
    • ‘When bullets come close, the noise they make as they go past changes from a zing to a crack’ John Lanchester's dy… ,
    • Man with a Bloody Paintbrush: Robin Simon on Lucian Freud ,
    • Jane Ridley reviews The Diaries of Kenneth Rose (ed. D R Thorpe) ,
    • ‘Look,’ says Trump. ‘The fact is I’m only human.’ On the evidence of this book that point is debatable. From the A… ,
    • From our December/January issue - here's John Banville's review of Colm Tóibín on the fathers of Wilde, Yeats and J… ,
    • Hi , we would love to review 'Death of the Vazir-Mukhtar' in our next issue! Please could you get in… ,