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Debtonating debt in The E List

My interview with Dan Edelstyn and Hilary Powell is on p.16-7.

Garden villages and groundhog days (Interurban Lines)

Garden villages or settlements are the latest wheeze by government aiming to solve the ‘housing crisis’. There have been six approved already; fourteen more announced this week, and…

The gender pay gap [Sociological Imagination]

In the last half-century, advanced industrial nations have seen immense changes in the position of women in society. They have caught up or overtaken boys in educational achievement….

Is not-London the new London (CityMetric)

The novelist AL Kennedy recently said that “being out of London is the new being in London”. Ironically we were both moving to the same place for largely the same…

On Yer Bike: London’s cycle superhighways (The Motherhood)

One of the interesting aspects of being in London, according to Jonathan Raban, author of the 1974 book Soft City, is trying to mentally encompass, and navigate around,…

Epping Forest and Butler’s Retreat (The Motherhood)

The ancient woodland that is now called Epping Forest once also covered the geographical areas of Hainault Forest and Waltham Forest, and was in fact called ‘The Forest…

Charisma (Sorbet Magazine)

An article I did for Sorbet Magazine in it’s ‘Power’ issue (Issue 12). Below is the pre-publication clipping.

I’m a feminist mother, but here’s why I don’t like ‘nice’ dolls (

I’ve always been a feminist. Growing up in a misogynistic city in the 1970s, where girls and women were judged only by their looks and subjected to anything…