Bitch Lit edited by Maya Chowdhry & Mary Sharratt

Bitch Lit is a collection of stories about female anti-heroes, which was included in a Manchester Geek Girls conference pack. Given this I was hoping for something less romantically-focused than this collection. There were very few stories which would have passed the Bechdel test, and a few of those that did were about lesbian relationships.

For all that though, it was good to have a collection that focussed on the female perspective, and many of the stories were well-written and compelling.

My favourite tale was Forklift Trucks by Michelle Green, which talked to the pettiness of some office environments, and how we all dream of behaving outside the very restricted norms. It also helped that this one didn’t have a strong romantic theme! On reading her mini-bio at the back, I discovered she is local to me, based in Manchester.

Overall, not what I expected from this book, but still a good strong collection.

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