Review of <em>The Shouting in the Dark</em> in <em>The Scotsman</em>

Review of The Shouting in the Dark in The Scotsman

Ashley Davies has written a brilliant review of The Shouting in the Dark in The Scotsman (27 July 2015):

Every now and then you develop a relationship with a novel that transports you so vividly to a specific place and time in history that whenever you look up from its pages you need to catch your breath to be reminded of the here and now.

This is one such work – an outstanding study of a deeply troubled family against the backdrop of political change, and one girl’s resilience in the face of ugly, sharp-edged obstacles.

 

Read the full review here

BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour: ‘Vocal Fry + Speech Patterns in Young Women’

BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour: ‘Vocal Fry + Speech Patterns in Young Women’

Elleke contributed to this morning’s episode of Woman’s Hour on BBC Radio 4, in the segment ‘Vocal Fry + Speech Patterns in Young Women’:

‘Vocal Fry’ may not be new – think Mae West in the 1933 film She Done Him Wrong, but it’s the latest in a line of speech patterns popularised by celebrities such as the Kardashians, Scarlett Johansen, and Lena Dunham. Best described as a guttural lowering of the voice at the end of sentences, it’s a manner of speaking which some linguists believe undermines women, and causes them to be taken less seriously. Joining Jenni to discuss the feminist implications of ‘vocal fry’ are the author and journalist Naomi Wolf, and Professor of World Literature in English at the University of Oxford, Dr Elleke Boehmer.

Listen to the episode