I’ve loved The Pool‘s journalism right from the start. Funny, honest, intelligent writing about life, relationships, careers, family, beauty and fashion from some fantastic women writers, much of it with a strong feminist perspective. And an interesting business model too – founded by Sam Baker (journalist) and Lauren Laverne (broadcaster) and tapping into a lot of freelance writing talent. This is a model that has supported women fitting their writing around family and other commitments, and has provided a brilliant platform for emerging voices.
To celebrate their third anniversary, the website has published Life, Honestly (review copy from Bluebird), a collection of some of their best writing. If you’re a regular reader of The Pool you will recognise most of these pieces, and there won’t be much here for you. But Life, Honestly stands well as a snapshot and collection of contemporary women’s writing. Freed from some of the commercial constraints of women’s print journalism, which relies on puff pieces, advertorials, and pernicious body-shaming, The Pool has given us a better insight into what it’s like to be a modern, professional woman in the 21st century.
Witty, authentic and passionate in turns, reading Life, Honestly is like talking to your girlfriends over a glass of wine.
Goodreads rating: 4*