Hello, Sunshines, I have the huge pleasure to be kicking off this amazing and epic blog tour for; The Women Writer’s Handbook. I am so excited to be sharing this book and my review with you all, I hope you love it as much as I do, go on take a peek!


A revised edition of the publisher’s inaugural publication in 1990 which won the Pandora Award from Women-in-Publishing. Inspirational in its original format, this new edition offers insight and motivation for budding writers from dozens of distinguished authors, celebrating the breadth of women’s writing in all its forms. Also includes the original writing workshops from the first edition plus quirky B/W illustrations as well as a foreword by Cheryl Robson, publisher and Managing Editor, who was a recent finalist in the ITV National Diversity Awards – Lifetime Achievement category. Aurora Metro Books was a finalist in the 2019 IPG Diversity in Publishing Awards and has a 30 year history of ground-breaking publishing, featuring both diverse and international authors.

The complete list of contributors:

A.S. Byatt, Saskia Calliste, April De Angelis, Kit de Waal, Carol Ann Duffy, Sian Evans, Philippa Gregory, Mary Hamer, Jackie Kay, Shuchi Kothari, Bryony Lavery, Annee Lawrence, Roseanne Liang, Suchen Christine Lim, Jackie McCarrick, Laura Miles, Raman Mundair, Magda Oldziejewska, Kaite O’Reilly, Jacqueline Pepall, Gabi Reigh, Djamila Ribeiro, Fiona Rintoul, Jasvinder Sanghera, Anne Sebba, Kalista Sy, Debbie Taylor, Madeleine Thien, Claire Tomalin, Ida Vitale, Sarah Waters, Emma Woolf

A wide-ranging collection of over 30 essays, poems and interviews from top, international women writers, poets, screen writers and journalists.

20% of profits to go to the Virginia Woolf statue campaign.

Buy Link – https://amzn.to/3djPWvD


The Virginia Woolf Statue Campaign

The proposed statue will be located in Richmond on Thames where Virginia and Leonard Woolf lived from 1914-1924 and set up the Hogarth Press. A public consultation by the local council was 83% in favour of the statue and planning permission has been granted to site the first life-size statue in bronze of the famous author on Richmond riverside where the author walked her dog daily. Over 20% of the £50,000 target has been raised so far.

See more about the campaign here – Viginia Woolf Statue

To donate to the project go here – Virginia Woolf Statue Campaign, Donate


As soon as I saw this coming up for a blog tour, I knew that I had to be apart of this in some way, so I was pretty excited when I got accepted onto the tour.

I mean what bookish loving woman doesn’t want – or need – to read this book?

Firstly I have to mention just how pretty this book is, the cover is very girly with its bright pinks – maybe not ideal for those like myself who prefer black, but hey, that’s just personal preference. But it’s the illustrations within that make this stand out, they are a selection of drawings that go side by side with the different chapter’s and they are so beautiful. You could just frame them and put them on the wall, they are that pretty!

This is such an enjoyable, inspiring book, it is in no means your stereotypical collection of stories with a wide range of stories, essays, interviews, poems, plus at the back there is a brilliant writer’s workshop which for anyone struggling to put pen to paper will be hugely informative and beneficial – I have been taking on the tips and having a go at the workshop excursuses myself and I do think it has helped with my own writing.

The Women Writer’s handbook is an illuminating, eye-opening and superb collection, this is one of those books that you can dip in and out of whenever you have five minutes, which is exactly what I did, I thoroughly enjoyed it!

There are many of very recognisable names which have added to this collection, my favourite parts have to be the mini-stories and short essays especially from the likes of the great Phillipa Gregory whose essay on historic women writers which I found utterly fascinating especially the part about Katherine Parr who I never knew wrote her own published work in her own name, but she did and apparently she was one of the first women who had their own name published.

One thing I do have to say against it and it isn’t the collection of work which is featured, it’s the ‘forward’ at the beginning of the book, one sentence really got under my skin and I do have to correct her on it. She states that women writers do find it a little harder to than their male counterparts, it was the part about reviewers predominately choosing to read and review male authors instead of women authors. Well, personally speaking, this statement is wrong, reviewers/bloggers pick up the books in the genre they prefer to read, reviewers will read any author who falls into that category or genre no matter their sex. A good 95% of the books I feature/review on the blog are written by women, I don’t go out and specifically review these books because they are by women I read a lot of romance and the majority of romance books are written by women. Apologies for harping on, I just wanted those who read this book to know that not all reviewers reach for male-authored books while bypassing women.

Another thing to love about this book is that 20% of the sale goes to the Virginia Woolf statue campaign, which is trying to have a statue of the amazing lady herself created, so I hope everyone will go out and grab a copy and let us get that statue in place.


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4 thoughts on “#BlogTour | The Women Writers Handbook (Edited by Ann Sandham) #lovebookstours #VWoolfstatue @aurorametro @lovebooksgroup

  1. I’m on this tour as well so it was fascinating to read your thoughts! I’ve also been using the tips from the workshop at the end and they’ve been really helpful so far. Great review 🙂

    Amy | littlelionbooks.co.uk


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