Joan Smith

Joan Smith


Joan Smith is a novelist, columnist and campaigner for human rights. She is the author of the feminist classic Misogynies, the Loretta Lawson series of crime novels and What Will Survive, a thriller set in Westminster and Lebanon. Her non-fiction includes books on food, secular morality and the monarchy (Down With The Royals, 2015). Her journalism has appeared in the Guardian, New York Times, Daily Telegraph, The Times, Independent, Sunday Times and the Labour weekly Tribune.

Since 2013 she has been Co-chair of the Mayor of London’s Violence Against Women and Girls Board, which draws up the Mayor’s strategy to reduce sexual and domestic violence for the whole of London. She is a former Chair of the English PEN Writers in Prison Committee, supporting imprisoned writers all over the world, and has advised the FCO on freedom of expression.

She is currently on the board of the Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society, reflecting a longstanding interest in copyright. She is also a patron of Humanists UK and an honorary associate of the National Secular Society. She lives in London.


Joan Smith @polblonde

I'm trying to keep up with all the very nice responses to my new book - many thanks, I'm touched that so many people want to read it. #Homegrown

We are nearly at 10,000 signatures calling for Theresa May to condemn the Saudi execution of tortured teenagers. 3 more are at risk of beheading. Can you help @Reprieve and sign now? #StopSaudiExecutions

So exciting to see finished copies of @polblonde’s searing & important Home Grown, probing the links between domestic violence and terrorism of all stripes

Back cover of Home Grown. Really grateful to these early readers for their generous responses:

First finished copy of my new book...

Yes @KeithCoventryCT

If the brutal murder of Jamal Khashoggi wasn't enough, have a read of this thread of how the Saudis executed three people under the age of 18 after extracting confessions through torture and then putting them on a mass trial ending in a death sentence. Simply barbaric

It is hard to imagine how any country deals with the murder of 359 people. The news from Sri Lanka is beyond horrifying.

Trump is a misogynist who boasted about assaulting women. Now this - and the UK is giving him the honour of a state visit.

BBC News - United States dilutes UN rape-in-war resolution

I am uneasy about this language. 'Retaliation' is an excuse for men who are excited by violence, like virtually all terrorists. In this case, they murdered 45 children.

Sri Lanka bombings were in retaliation for New Zealand attacks, minister says

There are at least 3 million adults in Britain who have no right to vote in Westminster elections but can vote in the European elections scheduled for May 23. They are nationals of other EU countries. Everybody can register. It takes 5 minutes. Do it.

Walked nine miles along the bank of the Thames this afternoon, with the tide coming in. So lucky to have this wide stretch of river to walk beside & watch birds.

Lyra McKee's book on the investigation into the 1981 murder of an MP by the IRA was due to be published imminently; only last week she had approved the cover after working on the project for seven years.

Horrifying - a journalist murdered while doing her job:

Derry police blame dissident republicans for journalist's death

Back from southern Italy to find that London is warmer than Sorrento.

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