Harpy

A Manifesto for Childfree Women

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Pub Date May 09 2024 | Archive Date Not set

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Description

Each generation has more childfree women than the one before. For many, it is an active decision made for a wide range of reasons. Despite this growing trend, we continue to live in a society where women are often judged for deciding to remain childfree - for not conforming to narrow expectations. For being a Harpy.

In this timely and thoughtful book, Caroline Magennis looks beyond the often-divisive conversation around women who choose to be childfree and offers an alternative message of hope and celebration. With humour and intelligence, she explores why motherhood isn't right for everybody and how any woman - whether a parent or childfree - can live a full life, while also reminding the reader that your freedoms and the right to autonomy should never be taken for granted.

Each generation has more childfree women than the one before. For many, it is an active decision made for a wide range of reasons. Despite this growing trend, we continue to live in a society where...


Advance Praise

'Harpy is so much more than a manifesto for childfree women, it's a celebration of us all and the amazing things we've been able to do with our lives. Weaving together Caroline's own hilarious anecdotes with the life stories of her fellow harpies, and the narratives fed to us through media and literature, this vibrant, vital book is a personal, political, and above all, positive portrayal of childfree life in the twenty-first century.' Zoë Noble, Founder of We are Childfree

'A much-needed book on the topic of being childfree ... warm, relatable and humorous.' Margaret O'Connor, Are Kids For Me?

'Blending personal testimonies and factual observations, Magennis offers a uniquely positive perspective on childlessness that focuses on the inspiration that can be found in real and fictional heroines.' Emma Duval

'Harpy is an important book, it will affirm childfree readers and open the eyes of everyone else. It's a book of clear thinking and deep feeling, I can see so many people learning from the stories in these pages, the voices of women telling us who they are. I do think parents will find themselves moved and inspired by the book, not least to ask more interesting questions of their childfree friends at dinner parties. Most importantly though, Harpy belongs to the harpies. This book is their place, for community, inspiration, and wild hopefulness.' Claire Lynch, author of Small: On Motherhoods

'Written with all of Caroline Magennis's characteristic refreshing candour, Harpy is a sharp, timely book about the assumptions and expectations that still keep women down, and a heartfelt vision of the freedoms that can and do enrich us. Though subtitled 'a manifesto for childfree women', this book is written for us all.' Lucy Caldwell, author of These Days

'Harpy is a measured, compassionate and truly compelling read. I've been waiting to read a book like this for such a long time. It's not often I see my own experience so honestly and respectfully reflected. I was struck by the way Magennis takes such care to share stories which often go unheard or dismissed. This book will be the catalyst for so many conversations.' Jan Carson, author of The Raptures

'Defiant, funny and inspiring, Harpy holds open a vital space to think about alternative lives, self-invention and feminist camaraderie.' Seán Hewitt, author of All Down Darkness Wide

'In Harpy, Caroline Magennis promises to outline the perils and pitfalls that people without children encounter in our personal and professional lives as we navigate other people's expectations. What is really unusual in this book is the way Magennis also keeps her promise to showcase some of ways one might make a life outside traditional expectations - ways of being joyful, of being singular, of being in a community that is, as she puts it, 'completely your own'. 

Harpy made me nod in recognition, and shake my head with sorrow, and then it made me laugh out loud. Because life without kids in a world that expects the opposite can be challenging and sad, and it can also be hilarious. This is that rare thing, a book which captures both sides.' Emilie Pine, author of Notes to Self and Ruth & Pen

'Harpy is so much more than a manifesto for childfree women, it's a celebration of us all and the amazing things we've been able to do with our lives. Weaving together Caroline's own hilarious...


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EDITION Hardcover
ISBN 9781837730650
PRICE £18.99 (GBP)
PAGES 256

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