I have just had a copy of Great Australian Leaders donated to my school. It was nice to see some women among the list of leaders - it shouldn't be sucI have just had a copy of Great Australian Leaders donated to my school. It was nice to see some women among the list of leaders - it shouldn't be such a pleasant surprise that it bears mentioning, but it is. That said, 25% representation is a number that can still be improved on.
Having said it's great to see women represented, I do have some concerns about the WAY they were discussed. Firstly, I suggest that Dame Roma Mitchell was Australia's first "female" governor (rather than "femal", as the title has it). That is the smaller of my concerns though.
For each of the five women examined, the only one whose marital status is not mentioned is Dame Roma (who never married) - in fact, for three of the four women their maiden name doesn't even rate a mention (obviously excluding Vida Goldstein, who also never married). Conversely, very few of the articles about the 15 men covered mention marriage, wives or families at all.
While I appreciate that historically, for many women, support from fathers or husbands may have helped enable careers, I firmly believe that the same is true for most men - without a supportive partner / family, their successes may have been less. If the creators are going to make a point about noting the marriage of one gender, they should ensure consistency by also noting it for the other. Or perhaps remove the references entirely, as they are, essentially, irrelevant.
I work in an all-boys school and as such, will be carefully considering if this book is of value to the collection - I certainly think the concept has merit, but I am somewhat disappointed in the execution....more
So yes, I have an essay in this book (about self-professed "mouth on legs" Aussie firecracker Tegan), and yes, I know several other contributors persoSo yes, I have an essay in this book (about self-professed "mouth on legs" Aussie firecracker Tegan), and yes, I know several other contributors personally or as a fan of their writing, and yes, I've enjoyed Mad Norwegian books in the past… That said, I'm a huge Doctor Who fan, and this book is really darn good, so regardless of any personal feelings, I would say the same thing. It's five star, it's fantastic for dipping in and out of, nodding furiously when an author says something I agree with, berating them aloud (sometimes in public) when I disagree, and being absolutely delighted to discover companions I'd barely heard of (from the Classic series) or make connections that caused me glee.
Personal favourites were many! "Donna: Noble by name and Noble by Nature" by Karen Miller, "Scientists, Not Office Boys" by Anna Livingston, "Amy's Choice: Doctor Who Companions and the Nightmare of Domesticity" by Una McCormack, "The Ones He Leaves Behind" by Foz Meadows, "Science Princess FTW" by Mary Robinette Kowal, "What has Romana Ever Done for Us?" by Phoebe Taylor…
Dammit, look, they're all good! Not a single one I didn't enjoy in some aspect or get something out of. Loved Stephanie Lai's defence of Peri, really enjoyed that Emma Ward examined a non-TV companion, and so much more. You should check this book out. It's great....more
I'm a fairly recent Doctor Who convert. Early last year I became hooked thanks to wanting to watch the Neil Gaiman authored episode "The Doctor's WifeI'm a fairly recent Doctor Who convert. Early last year I became hooked thanks to wanting to watch the Neil Gaiman authored episode "The Doctor's Wife", so started with the Eleventh Doctor, and was so enamoured I went immediately back to the beginning of New Who and devoured the lot. Of course I have memories of watching Classic Who when I was a kid, with the Fourth Doctor, K9 and the Daleks being the only real things that I remember. And despite the best efforts of good friends trying to encourage me to embrace a bit of Classic Who now, I've struggled. Well, after reading Chicks Unravel Time, I just want to go back in time myself and be able to watch the whole of Doctor Who from the very beginning!
The essays in this book are passionate, engaging and fascinating, encompassing, as the subtitle suggests, every season of Doctor Who. As we lead up to the 50th anniversary of the airing of the first episode, I can't think of a better way to garner an understanding of the show in its entirety! Some authors focussed on characters, some on story, some on companions, some on production, but all, even those finding fault with some show elements, betray the writer's love for Doctor Who, and this more than anything was a key factor in my own enjoyment.
To be completely honest though, I do have a complaint - I simply wanted more! Some of the essays I really wanted to be longer, and I would have loved to see further exploration of the tie-in media (Big Finish audio plays and the novelisations etc) in relation to the characters being discussed. But really, when the one complaint is that the reader loves the books so much she wishes it was longer? That's a pretty good recommendation I reckon!...more
This was absolutely a right time, right place read for me. I rarely read non-fiction, but having just come off the back of inhaling New Who seasons 1-This was absolutely a right time, right place read for me. I rarely read non-fiction, but having just come off the back of inhaling New Who seasons 1-6, it was the perfect time. With only one or two exceptions, I loved every single essay. It was entertaining and informative, with the added bonus of making you understand (in case you didn't know) that you ARE NOT ALONE in your time lord love :) Highly recommended! Would love to see a sequel with more non-US entries (and some that look at Matt Smith's Doctor, which didn't start til after this was published) :)...more