While World War 2 saw greater opportunities for women on the home front while so many working-age men were away at war, there are many more examples of hard times bringing curbs on women’s rights. We only have to read the daily news to see it in action. But why is this? If you are fighting for survival, be it your personal survival or that of a greater cause, would you really have the time and energy to think of oppressing others? And yet, this is troublingly part of the pattern of human society.

In this episode, we dig into the relationship between oppression and survival with the help of Sunyi Dean, whose debut novel The Book Eaters actually had Meg and Charlotte agreeing about a book! (Long-time listeners will know how rare such an event is). Suffice to say, we thought it was stunning.

Mentioned in this episode:

  • A History of Western Philosophy by Bertrand Russell
  • The Just City by Jo Walton
  • The Road by Cormac McCarthy
  • The Children of Men by P. D. James
  • Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames
  • Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist
  • Star Trek: TNG
  • The Postman

Sunyi Dean is an autistic author of fantasy fiction. Originally born in the States and raised in Hong Kong, she now lives in Yorkshire with her children. When not reading, running, falling over in yoga, or rolling d20s, she sometimes escapes the city to wildswim in lonely dales.

Her short stories have featured in The Best of British Scifi Anthology, Prole, FFO, Tor Dot Com, etc., and her debut novel, The Book Eaters, is published 2 Aug 2022 by Tor (USA), and 18 Aug 2022 by Harper Voyager (UK). Available at all good bookstores, in ebook, hardback, and audio.