Writer, critic, BBC broadcaster, Booker Prize Foundation trustee, prison outreach worker. Specialise in human rights, gender, international affairs and social justice. Fourth book, Beyond the Wall: Writing a Path Through Palestine, out now. Also write fiction.
"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.