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OtherGirlsLikeMe_lg Stephanie Davies
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Bink Books
230 pp. ● 5.5×8.5
$16.95 (pb) ● $9.99 (eb)
ISBN 978-1-949290-38-7 (pb)

BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Social Activists

Publication date: September 2020

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

Author Stephanie Davies Talks Queer Love, Punk Rock Activism, & Her Book ‘Other Girls Like Me’” — GOMag

Other Girls Like Me – Chat with Author Stephanie Davies” — Out Radio

Activist Stephanie Davies on joining a women’s peace camp” — Sky News

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


Praise

“Other Girls Like Me demonstrates that one can retain one’s humour, scepticism and warmth even while passionately fighting for what is right; and it shows what a commitment to justice and freedom can achieve. This is a lesson that will serve us well in the years to come.” — Aero Magazine

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“Stephanie Davies has gifted us with a memoir that details life at Greenham Common, and its lasting impact. She lived there for over ten months, as protests escalated — fences were cut, “fanciful” tactics were deployed, women were arrested, mass evictions began. The details are stirring, occasionally painful, frequently delightful — as is the story of her life, before and after Greenham.” – Blanche Wiesen Cook, Review

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“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

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“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

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“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

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“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

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” . . . 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

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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

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“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

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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

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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