Joan Smith is a novelist, columnist and human rights activist. She is the author of Misogynies, the Loretta Lawson series of detective novels, What Will Survive and several volumes of non-fiction. She chaired the PEN Writers in Prison Committee from 2000 to 2004, has advised the Foreign & Commonwealth Office on promoting free expression, and is currently President of the Creators’ Rights Alliance which campaigns to defend intellectual property. She is on the board of ALCS, an honorary associate of the National Secular Society and a supporter of Republic.
Her journalism appears in the Sunday Times, The Times, the Independent and the Independent on Sunday, and she is a frequent guest on BBC Woman’s Hour. She blogs at www.politicalblonde.com and you can follow her on Twitter @polblonde.
July 1997: Lebanon makes a rare appearance in the British headlines when an English woman dies in a landmine accident near the town of Nebatiyeh. The dead woman is a minor celebrity, a model with an Egyptian mother visiting the Middle East for the first time. Reporters descend on her Somerset home, linking her death with Princess Diana’s high-profile campaign for a ban on landmines. When a young feature writer is sent to Beirut to write a story about Aisha’s death, she finds a city only just recovering from civil war and she suspects that Aisha was another one of its victim.
PUBLISHER: Arcadia Books
PUBLICATION DATE: June 2008
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This book suggests the connections that exist between unlikely people and events to reveal the hidden passion which distorts human relations – woman-hating. Drawing on material from films, novels, trial reports and the royal family, the author searches for misogyny, the secret weapon of the sex war. Joan Smith looks at such connections as “what judges have in common with the Yorkshire Ripper?”, “American air force pilots and a group of Nazi thugs?”, “Plato and a fascist author from Japan?” And “why Marilyn Monroe, Mrs Thatcher and Samantha Fox are bad news for women?”