Caroline Magennis


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Icon Books
9 May 2024
ISBN: 9781837730650
256 pages

From the publisher

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

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

Defiant, funny and inspiringHarpy holds open a vital space to think about alternative lives, self-invention and feminist camaraderieSeán Hewitt, author of All Down Darkness Wide

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 harpiesThis book is their place, for community, inspiration, and wild hopefulnessClaire Lynch, author of Small: On Motherhoods

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 heroinesEmma Duval (MillennialEmma)