A rigorous defence of middle-aged women and a fight back against the ways in which older women are demonised and discounted, in Hags Victoria Smith asks why this type of ageist misogyny is so very now – covering themes of care work, beauty, violence, political organization and sex, in relation to middle-aged women’s beliefs, bodies, histories and choices. The result is absorbing, insightful, witty and bang on time. She will be in conversation with Julia Wheeler.
'My polemic of the year' – Rachel Cooke, Observer
Victoria Smith is a regular contributor to The Critic and other publications, focusing on women’s issues, parenting and mental health. She runs a newsletter, The OK Karen, about midlife women's experiences of feminism, and she tweets @glosswitch.