Kate Figes

London-born Kate Figes is the author of two novels and five non-fiction books, mostly about family life and relationships. katefiges.co.uk. Her latest book ‘Our Cheating Hearts: Love & Loyalty; Lust & Lies’ has just been published by Virago

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So there's a crisis in housing stock? It must be middle-aged women divorcing for the fun of it

After decades of putting family first, juggling the work-life balance, a woman can be forgiven for feeling this is now her time. Let's hear it for "silver separation"

Books: The crackers that failed to go pop

Kate Figes asks publishers to nominate the books from their lists that failed to perform as expected - then gives her own verdict

Books: Taking the right road from slush-pile to stardom

From Pitch to Publication by Carole Blake Macmillan, pounds 14.95, 385pp; Do you have a potential bestseller locked in a drawer? Kate Figes reads a guide for would-be novelists and finds it long on facts, but short on fun

My grandmother's awfully big adventure

Aimee Liu knew there was an exotic romance in the family. But only when she visited China did she realise it was the stuff of fiction.

Madonna and mobile: an impossible modern image

An eloquent new book cuts though the hype to the hard reality of modern motherhood. Kate Figes talks to its author, Melissa Benn

BOOKS: PLUMS TURKEYS

Every year, we ask top publishers to nominate the book on their list which they feel was unjustly passed over by reviewers and readers. Are they right? Kate Figes gives her own verdict

Books: Victory for the She-She-She camp

Kate Figes follows the liberators' long march from force-feeding to post-feminist fragmentation; A Century of Women: the history of women in Britain and the United States by Sheila Rowbotham, Viking, pounds 20

Books: Plums and turkeys

We all read the `Books of the Year', but there's another side to the story. Every publisher has a favourite book or pet project, a stunning novel or hard-hitting memoir, that somehow doesn't tempt the reviewers or buyers. Kate Figes asks some of our leading publishers about the ones that got away, and delivers her own verdict.

IN PRAISE OF MAN-SLAUGHTER?

Austrian novelist Lilian Faschinger's feminist-revenge shocker has been snapped up by publishers worldwide. But instead of a wild misanthropis t, Kate Figes found a woman sad as well as angry

Plums and turkeys

As publishers count the cost of 1995, their bitterest regrets are for the hot new talents and discoveries that just didn't tempt the critics - or, in some cases, the buyers.
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