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. Fifth book, Asylum and Exile: Hidden Voices of London, out March 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.