How Maxine Learned to Love Her Legs and Other Tales of Growing Up
An Anthology of Short Stories
edited by Sarah LeFanu
Exploring a host of female parts, rites of passage, love, loss, danger, revelations, strange relationships, the pleasures and pains of growing up female, a fantastic collection of short stories from some of the best women writers today dealing with all aspects of female life from youth to old age.
Includes stories from: Hilary Bailey, Sally Cameron, Betzy Dinesen, Souad Faress, Chrissie Gittins, Bonnie Greer, Vicky Grut, Kirsty Gunn, Brigid Howarth, Mizzy Hussain, Geraldine Kaye, Carolyn Patrick, Ellen Phethean, Kate Pullinger, Stella Rafferty, Ravinder Randhawa, Máire Ní Réagáin, Michéle Roberts, Daphne Rock, Elisa Segrave, Kirsty Seymour-Ure, Susanna Steele & Karen Whiteson.
“…some of the best new writing around.” Guardian
“…the stories are fresh, one for every occasion. Many of them I would read a number of times – they are thought-provoking. This book is likely to be bought by women for friends, lovers, and themselves… buy it.” Fed Magazine
About the editor
Sarah LeFanu is an acclaimed biographer and non-fiction writer, as well as writing fiction and drama for radio. Her books include Rose Macaulay (‘rich and perceptive’ TLS) and S is for Samora: A Lexical Biography of Samora Machel and the Mozambican Dream (‘a cracking biography’ Independent). She has abridged and adapted both fiction and non-fiction for BBC Radio 4 and has also been a presenter of A Good Read. She frequently chairs events for the Bristol Festival of Ideas, the Bath Literature Festival and the Cheltenham Literature Festival. For many years Sarah worked in publishing and was Senior Editor at The Women’s Press. From 2004 to 2009 she was Artistic Director of the Bath Literature Festival. She continues to chair events for the Festival on a regular basis, and also for the Bristol Festival of Ideas. She has been a judge for the James Tiptoe Award (an annual award for works of SF and fantasy that expand and explore the understanding of gender), and for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize. Sarah teaches on the BA degree in English Literature and Community Engagement at the University of Bristol. She is a Royal Literary Fund Consultant Fellow.