Dinah Birch

  • Cat’s Eye by Margaret Atwood
    Bloomsbury, 421 pp, £12.95, January 1989, ISBN 0 7475 0304 4
  • Interlunar by Margaret Atwood
    Cape, 103 pp, £5.95, October 1988, ISBN 0 224 02303 9
  • John Dollar by Marianne Wiggins
    Secker, 234 pp, £10.95, February 1989, ISBN 0 436 57080 7
  • Broken Words by Helen Hodgman
    Virago, 121 pp, £11.95, February 1989, ISBN 1 85381 010 X

What fills our lives? We can’t manage without the grand abstractions of belief or love, but in the end they mostly come down to the engrossing triviality of our daily routines. What we usually do is keep things going. True for everyone: but especially true, or so it has seemed, for women. The really basic questions – what we are to eat today, what will happen to the children – have always been for women to answer. It has become clear that women’s novels can answer them, too.

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[*] On 26 January Virago are reissuing this novel, together with Lady Oracle, Bluebeard’s Egg, Life before man, The Edible Woman, Dancing Girls, Surfacing and Bodily Harm. Each book costs £3.95.