Cwen (Paperback)
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Cwen (Paperback)

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Paperback 352 Pages / Published: 19/05/2022
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Charged with a rare mythic energy, Albinia’s future vision of an island archipelago where female power reigns supreme asks thrilling questions about gender, identity and belonging.

Shortlisted for the Orwell Prize for Political Fiction 2022

On an unnamed archipelago off the east coast of Britain, the impossible has come to pass. Women control the civic institutions. Decide how the islands' money is spent. Run the businesses. Tend to their families. Teach the children hope for a better world.

They say that this gynotopia is Eva Levi's life's work, and that now she has disappeared, it will be destroyed. But they don't know about Cwen.

Cwen has been here longer than the civilisation she has returned to haunt. The clouds are her children, and the waves. Her name has ancient roots, reaching down into the earth and halfway around the world. The islands she inhabits have always belonged to women. And she will do anything she can to protect them.

This remarkable novel is a portrait of female power and female potential, both to shelter and to harm. What are we? Islanders or mainlanders, migrants or landowners, men or women, past or future? Or a mixture of them all? And how do we make sense of these islands we call home?

Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
ISBN: 9781788166614
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 280 g
Dimensions: 196 x 130 x 30 mm
Edition: Main


MEDIA REVIEWS

'Fantastic - a wonderful book. With intelligence, wit and zest, Cwen's matriarchal dream ... offers a bold vision of an alternative future, teases at our deep past and subtly weaves together our environment and gender' - Lily Cole

'A clever, strange and wonderful book, which brims with mystery. A group of women recount their past and present stories, revealing their visions of the future. Cwen by Alice Albinia is a rare book, bold and powerful.' - Xiaolu Guo

A wild, original, sure-footed feminist reimagining of the present and the past that brushes up against the mythical. It reminds us, eloquently and passionately, what is or can be possible, and in its depiction of a revolution becomes a revolutionary book itself. Beautiful work.' - Neel Mukherjee

'A phenomenal novel showing us that learning to love our female selves is essential for survival. Alice Albinia's diverse cast, from ancient Britain to contemporary Pakistan, step up to support each other, take down patriarchy and create a new collective story' - Farhana Yamin, Environmental Lawyer

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“An island run by women”

I found this book a hard and challenging read, no doubt about it, but a worthwhile one. It’s the story of Cwen, an island off the north coast of England, and it contemplates how patriarchal society is, and how a... More

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