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.
Lipika Pelham The Unlikely Settler
Lipika Pelham’s childhood in Bengal was haunted by political and physical divisions. Later in life, she experienced similar divisions in Jerusalem, where she lived with her English Jewish husband. In The Unlikely Settler she tells of everyday life in a society where sides are taken at every turn, and writes about married life affected by the reality of the Israel-Palestine conflict.
In the tradition of classic memoirs such as Alexandra Fuller’s Don’t Let’s Go to the...
Rachel Holmes on Eleanor Marx: A Life
Rachel Holmes talks to Rachel Cooke about her critically acclaimed biography of Eleanor Marx. Marx’s favourite daughter was a revolutionary socialist campaigner and fiery feminist. She translated Madame Bovary and directed the first British performance of Ibsen’s A Doll’s House, while leading trade unions and editing her father’s key political works. She was not, however, beyond human frailty: love proved to be her nemesis.