I’m one of those people who loves to read recipe books. When I’m eating by myself, I sit at the table with my broccoli walnut pasta or tofu stir fry, a cookbook propped up in front of me. I flip through, gaze…


A drawing of a black corset, Victorian style.

I’m sitting on the floor before a television set, one of those old black-and-white boxes with the rabbit ears on top, propped upon a small table. My parents, brother and I are visiting friends or family, I don’t know who, or where. In my memory I am alone in the…


What does it mean to read and write about a book that wasn’t written for you?

This is the question on my mind as I read and write about Helen Knott’s (2019).

A woman of Dane Zaa, Cree, Métis and mixed European…


Early September. A field in Norfolk. A morning walk with partner, friend and small dog. The people are taking in the views while the tied-up terrier, used to the pavements and parks of London, gets lost in the irresistible smells of the eastern English countryside. In the distance a large…


Re-reading Terry Tempest Williams’s

Late last year, I came across a mesmerising photograph online. A man in a cowboy hat was standing several feet below ground, atop a coffin in a freshly dug grave. The caption told me that he was a mourner at the funeral for one of…


When it comes time to choose the weirdest and most novel expressions of 2020, there will be some fierce competition. I’m getting my vote in early: Shoe-Leather Tracer.

As so often happens in life, once you become aware of something, it suddenly appears everywhere. I first heard the term Shoe-Leather…


Image by Eyüp Öztaş from Pixabay

Seven stories, old and new, about animals, people and disease

HOW DISEASE CAME INTO THE WORLD

Since Coronovirus came into the news at the beginning of this year, we’ve heard plenty of stories about the dangers of animals spreading disease to people. So it’s good to have a reminder that human beings are often the ones who destroy worlds. …


How to find hope — and allow space for grief — in a time of change

Illustrations: Julie de Graag (1877–1924) via RawPixel

In the wake of the coronavirus crisis, millions of us have had to make sudden and substantial changes to our everyday lives. Around the world leaders talk about a “war” against the virus. Varying degrees of policing have been put into place to ensure that citizens comply with lockdown measures…


Some years ago I was hanging out in a friend’s garden on a sunny London afternoon. There was a little BBQ happening with people from their building, and I had come armed with cold beer and flavoured tortilla chips. After tipping the psychedelic orange crisps into a bowl, I offered…


Unlike most of the books on my shelves, does not have the location and date I bought it inscribed on the title page. But I have a clear recollection of when and where I first read it.

I was in London, on my way to a seminar on…

C Lou Hamilton

Author, editor, independent scholar, animal lover, passionate vegan, queer fem/inist www.veganismsexandpolitics.com

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