On Thursday 5th March 2015 Ringwood Publishing held a launch party for Carol Fox’s inspiring Memoirs of a Feminist Mother. It was a classy affair, situated upstairs at The Carlton Hotel in Edinburgh.
From 6:30 to 7:30pm guests mingled while enjoying a tasty spread of appetizers and flutes of champagne. At 7:30 everyone funnelled into the meeting room, where Ringwood’s Maxine Hawthorn introduced Carol Fox, who then spent some time reading from the beginning and end of her book, as those were the parts that the audience already knew: the journey, Fox said, coyly, would remain something for readers to discover.
The audience responses as Fox read snippets from her book mirrored the emotional journey described within it: reactions ranged from sympathetic nods and “awws” to chuckles and guffaws. Although she discusses a serious topic, it seems that Fox cannot help but infuse her words–both written and spoken–with wit and humour.
We all know how the book ends–the result of Fox’s efforts are on the cover. Fox had a daughter, Natasha, who, now in her 20s and a feminist herself, was present at the launch to support her mother. Natasha followed her mother’s reading with a brief but powerful speech that left at least a few in the audience with damp eyes. Carol’s book is written as a memoir addressed to Natasha, and it is obvious when you see the two together in person that they share an especially strong bond.
The official part of the launch ended with a Q&A session between Maxine Hawthorn and Carol Fox, which then opened up to the rest of the audience. Many of the questions involved Fox’s ideas on reproduction rights and the current issues faced by feminists today.
After the Q&A, Carol was busy meeting with her readings and signing copies of her book. The party moved out into the common room, where people ate, drank, and made merry late into the evening.
Memoirs of a Feminist Mother is now readily available in all the usual places. Signed copies of the book are available through this website. You can also pick up the paperback or a £3.99 ebook version at amazon.co.uk.
The events of Memoirs of a Feminist Mother may have taken place over two decades ago, but the story is as relevant today as it was when Fox was in the middle of it all, back in the 1990s. The book is sure to raise some much-needed discussion and maybe even a bit of controversy, so be sure to give it a read!