Festival 2019 Saturday 02 March - Sunday 10 March | Tickets now on sale

Rachel Cooke

Rachel Cooke is an award winning journalist. She is a writer and columnist at The Observer, and is the television critic of The New Statesman. Her essays have been broadcast on Radio 3. Her book, Her Brilliant Career: Ten Extraordinary Women of the Fifties, is published by Virago.

The Women Who Made an Art of Having an Opinion: Sharp!
Dorothy Parker, Hannah Arendt, Susan Sontag and Nora Ephron are just some of the women whose lives intertwined as they cut through 20th century cultural and intellectual life in America, arguing as fervently with each other as they did with the men who belittled their work. They are united by their ‘sharpness’, a precision of thought and wit, a claiming of power through their writing. Michelle Dean writes of these women and their world, where Manhattan cocktail parties, fuelled by...
Being Women and Being Human
Double Bill Offer: Book for the Jewish Book Week events in Hall Two and Hall One tonight – ‘The Women Who Made an Art of Having an Opinion: Sharp!’ at 7pm and ‘The Curious Case of Being Human’ at 8.30pm – for the special price of £24. At 7pm, Michelle Dean and Rachel Cooke examine the lives and work of women like Doroth Parker, Hannah Arendt, Susan Sontag and Nora Ephron, whose precision of thought and writing cut through the attitudes of their time. At 8...