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Joan Smith’s new book Home Grown: How Domestic Violence Turns Men Into Terrorists (riverrun, May 2019) has been published to acclaim from writers and reviewers.

Lord Hain, a Labour peer and former Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, has described it as ‘a hitherto missing link for anti-terrorist chiefs, police and policy makers to digest and act upon’

‘Remarkable’, Yasmin Alibhai-Brown

‘A chilling indictment and an urgent call to action’, Susan McKay, Irish Times


Smith’s previous book, Down With the Royals (Biteback), was published in 2015. According to Ben East in The Observer (5 April 2015), ‘Joan Smith’s Down With The Royals has much in common with Paine’s famous, American revolution-igniting Common Sense. Age-old royalist arguments – such as the potential impact on tourism of a republic – are shot down with ease…The complicity of the media in perpetuating the “fantasy version of the UK, where cheerful working-class people doff their caps at the royals”, gets both barrels, too.’


Praise for Joan Smith’s earlier book, The Public Woman (Westbourne Press, May 2013): ‘Joan Smith dares to expose woman-hating in all its forms. She does not shy away from naming religion and cultural relativism as barriers to liberation, and names men and the system of patriarchy as the problem. Read this book, not least because it will open your eyes to how much needs to be done before we consign male supremacy to the museum of ancient relics.’ Julie Bindel

‘Brilliant … A compelling rap sheet of 21st century misogynies and a reprimand to anyone who declares the battle for gender equality is over.’ Robin Ince

‘In a discussion of Amy Winehouse, the significance of the veil, the career of Rebekah Brooks and the ignominious trial of Amanda Knox, The Public Woman reveals itself as a clear-sighted, focused précis of the state of female rights. Collected together, Smith’s essays deliver a sharp-eyed view of female rights, which, she argues forcibly, are simply human rights.’ Sunday Times

‘A respected heavy-hitter in the feminist arena … Smith makes one realise the way that serious and important rights that most of us take for granted are distorted or marginalised for a large and alarming number of women and she writes well enough to make you stick with this seriously important book.’ Katharine Whitehorn, Observer

‘Joan Smith is a one woman campaign, and this relevant and disturbing book is a call to arms – so bring it on.’ Frances Wilson, Literary Review

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