About the Book
Till now, Stephanie has done her best to play by the rules—which seem to be stacked against girls like her. It doesn’t help that she wants to play football, dress like a boy, and fight apartheid in South Africa—despite living in rural middle England—as she struggles to find her voice in a world where everything is different for girls.
Then she hears them on the radio. Greenham women—an irreverent group of lesbians, punk rockers, mothers, and activists who have set up camp outside a US military base to protest nuclear war—are calling for backups in the face of imminent eviction from their muddy tents. She heads there immediately, where a series of adventures—from a break-in to a nuclear research center to a doomed love affair with a punk rock singer in a girl band—changes the course of her life forever. But the sense of community she has found is challenged when she faces tragedy at home.
In the Media
“Other Girls Like Me – Chat with Author Stephanie Davies” — Out Radio
“OPINION: Other Girls Like Me – A Greenham Common memoir” — by Stephanie Davies, Openly
“Other Girls Like Me by Stephanie Davies, one woman’s coming of age at Greenham Common” — Radio Gorgeous Podcast
“The history of Greenham Common, and the vibrant lesbian and feminist movement culture that it fostered, has been far too little chronicled. Stephanie Davies’ book, Other Girls Like Me, beautifully captures the defiant, vital, punk-rock energy of that women-centered activist world and its lasting impact on both participants and the larger left.” — L.A. Kauffman, How to Read a Protest: The Art of Organizing and Resistance
“The court case itself was thrilling, tense, as you could so easily have imagined yourself in a novel rather than someone’s own reality. And it was this that made Davies memoir so good. It wasn’t mired in stereotype, but infused with huge emotion, personal anguish and a look inside the thought processes of a mixed up directionless young woman.” — mybookishblogspot
“It takes you on a roller coaster ride of emotions. At times it’s a sad, funny, powerful and very inspirational read. With this book Stephanie highlights perfectly and elegantly why we should all be activists and take a stand for the things we believe in and how finding our place and having a circle of friends and/or a community that supports you can and will enrich your life so much more.” — TBHonest
“While this book presents itself as Davies’ education of what it means to be female in this world of ours, it is also very much a story about the tenderness of a family. Davies paints full portraits of her siblings and her parents, and she lyrically describes the English—and even the French countryside, as she hitchhikes about—offering her observations, her experiences.” — Geri Lipschultz, Reviewer, Ms. Magazine
” . . . her sheer bravery in her honest appraisal of her growth is so relatable, so well constructed, that her whole life is a journey fitted into exactly the right amount of pages, yet there a wistful sense of loss when this memoir comes to an end. It feels like leaving behind a friend when you finish Other Girls Like Me.” — Book Reviews and Tours by Rachel Read it
“Other Girls Like Me is funny and sad, powerful and inspirational, especially in these times that are calling for all of us to become activists. And Stephanie Davies can write. Her prose is lyrical, even at times mesmerizing.” — Beverly Donofrio, Riding in Cars with Boys
“I read the first 200 pages in one sitting, I couldn’t put it down. It’s my story and yet it’s not. It speaks to all of us radicals, feminists, and lesbians who grew up in the 70s and 80s. Stephanie’s warmth and compassion shine through these pages. What a life!” — Neri Tannenbaum, Producer, Orange is the New Black
“Other Girls Like Me is about women being concerned about the horrors in our world and being willing to protest and take nonviolent direct action – which is a very good thing. I do hope that lots of people read it and are inspired to take action themselves!” — Angie Zelter, Founder, Extinction Rebellion Peace
“Other Girls Like Me is a lyrical, fluent and elegant read—it is also funny and poignant in equal measure. In the pre Greta Thunberg era, this personal account of one young woman’s journey into activism is captivating and compelling—and a salient reminder of how the power and solidarity of communities of people with shared values can shape and change our lives—for good!” — Ann Limb, Chair of the Scouts, #1 2019 OUTstanding List of LGBT+ Public Sector Executives