Title: Big Women by Fay Weldon
Genre: Novel, sociology, feminism
Comments: Like all of Fay Weldon's works this is an eminently readable novel with simple straightforward prose that disguises the power and depth of the story underneath. Weldon traces the rise, evolution and subgroups of activist feminism from the 1960s to the 1980s through the vehicle of a feminist publish house and the women who run it. She skilfully- and somewhat cruelly - portrays many of the feminist stereotypes -including the detached academic, the wealthy woman of independent means who can indulge her interests, the man-hating lesbian extremist and the put upon women who do all the grunt work. An entertaining read.