Kissing the Hag : The Dark Goddess and the Unacceptable Nature of Woman
by Emma Restall Orr
(O Books, 2009)
Awkward bitch to brazen whore, smother mother to grumpy old bag, Kissing the Hag explores the difficult aspects of woman's nature, celebrating the mystery, magic and power of the dark goddess within every woman's soul.
'A wonderfully intelligent, earthy, cosmic diary of the feminie life. I love the way it walks the edge between personal and collective, physical and poetic, highly ethical and thick in the uncertainties. This life-soaked book remains close to the fluids of body and soul, even as it gives birth to one trusted insight after another.'
Thomas Moore, author of Care of the Soul and A Life at Work.
'Here the raw reality of the Dark Goddess speaks her honest truth, going beyond the bad-mouthing and the sweet-talking fantasies surrounding women, to the compassionate heart of female identity.'
Caitlín Matthews, author of Sophia and other titles.
'I noticed that there were tears running down my face and I hadn't taken a breath for half a page. This book is a legacy and an initiation, a treasure to be passed from mother to daughter - an acceptance of our power and the wild, dirty, rude sides we have all, at one time or another, tried to hide. The book is both devastating and life affirming and there is no doubt in my mind that it will change the life of every person brace enough to read it. Embrace your hag, or she will bite you ... ' Shannon Smy, free spirit and singer/songwriter in award-winning protest band, Seize the Day.