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Orion Popular Culture TPB February £12.99 320pp 978 1 4091 4873 9 eBook: £12.99 / 978 1 4091 4875 3

EMER O’TOOLE Girls will be Girls Dressing up, Playing Parts and Daring to Act Differently

The fiercest new voice of feminism – Emer O’Toole is the perfect mix of Caitlin Moran, Germaine Greer and Lena Dunham. You might think she’s crazy – but she has lessons for us all. Protesting against the ‘makey-uppybulls**t’ of gender conditioning, Emer O’Toole caused a media sensation growing her body hair and singing ‘Get Your Pits Out For The Lads’ on national TV. Emer takes us on a hilarious and honest journey through her life exploring the performance of femininity to which we are confined. Funny, provocative and underpinned with rigorous academic intelligence, this book shows us why and how we should all begin gently to break out of gender stereotypes. Girls will be Girls is a must-read for all women (and men). Emer O’Toole is a scholar and writer who contributes to various publications, including the Guardian and feminist blog Vagenda. Originally from Galway Emer now lives in Montréal where she is Assistant Professor of Irish Performance Studies at Concordia University.

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Location: Montréal, Canada Available for interview @Emer_OToole

Orion Non-Fiction / Popular Culture / Memoir • February / March 2015

Orion Memoir MMP March £6.99 304pp 978 1 4091 5829 5 eBook: £6.99 / 978 1 4091 5830 1

NANCY COSTELLO, KATHLEEN LEGG, DIANE CROUGHAN, MARIE SLATTERY, MARINA GAMBOLD Whispering Hope The True Story of the Magdalene Women

The harrowing account of five women who were confined in Magdalene Laundries in Ireland. Whispering Hope is the heart-wrenching story of five women who were confined in Magdalene Laundries throughout Ireland. In first person accounts, they tell their story of the physical and psychological abuse they endured in the institutions run by the state. They joined the Magdalene Survivors Together charity in 2011. Feeling misrepresented by the media, they are passionate about discussing the plight of women at the hands of the Catholic Church. Whispering Hope is a deeply moving account of survival, friendship and courage. Nancy Costello lives in Salthill, Galway, Kathleen Legg lives in Bournemouth, Diane Croughan resides in Dublin, Marie Slattery currently lives in Athenry, County Cork and Marina Gambold resides in Wexford.

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Locations (see above) Available for interview