International human rights journalist, arts critic, BBC broadcaster, Booker Prize Foundation trustee. Do outreach work with asylum seekers and refugees, in prisons and in detention centres. Fourth book, Beyond the Wall: Writing a Path Through Palestine, out now. Fifth book, Asylum and Exile: Hidden Voices of London, out February 11th 2015.
"Our sense of excitement and joy had another reason: we knew that our message was radically different in style and content from anything that had gone before - that women's liberation would mean men's liberation and a whole new set of social and cultural values. We had another reason to feel euphoric: it is not often that you push a rock as big as a mountain and feel it shift."
Eva Figes, writing in The Guardian, 16th May 1978
Excerpted from Women of the Revolution: Forty Years of Feminism, edited by Kira Cochrane, published this year by Guardian Books. Read a full review here.