Her non-fiction has been called shrill – a telling word, disproportionately applied to women. It’s not shrill. It is unflinching and though it can also be funny and irreverent, anger is close to the surface. There are 43 essays in here, and two in the appendix that date from 1994. They are lucid and accessible, extensively researched and footnoted. They are also relentless, especially when read together. Roy is more of a truth-teller than a visionary, better at documenting what’s wrong than coming up with comprehensive alternatives... The collection as a whole is an indictment of corporate power and “the Privatization of Everything”, especially natural resources. For better or worse, people are entangled in the systems she would like to see dismantled and so on this level alone the essays demand engagement. Her critics – and not all of them are on the right – object to her lack of balance but she’s not interested in giving space to those whose voices are already being heard... As hard-hitting as it is heartfelt, the collection is a testament to the importance of bearing witness, now more than ever.
Okay, so this may be a little heavy (physically and figuratively) for even the sturiest suitcase. This collection of Booker-winning novelist Roy's non-fiction spans women's rights, democracy and peace, all in her signature clarion-calling style.