Natasha Walter (born 20 January 1967) is a British feminist writer and
human rights activist. She is the author of a novel, A Quiet Life
(2016), two works of feminist non-fiction: Living Dolls: The Return of
Sexism (2010, Virago) and The New
Feminism (1998, Virago). She is also
the founder of the charity Women for Refugee Women.
1 Background and career
4 External links
Background and career
Her father was Nicolas Walter, an anarchist and secular humanist
writer, while her mother Ruth Walter (née Oppenheim) was a teacher
and (later) social worker. Her grandfather was William Grey
Walter, a neuroscientist. Her grandparents on her mother's side were
refugees from Nazi Germany.
Walter read English at St John's College, Cambridge, graduating with a
double First, and then won a
Frank Knox Fellowship to Harvard. Her
first job was at Vogue magazine, and she subsequently became Deputy
Literary Editor of
The Independent and then a columnist for The
Guardian. She went on to write for many publications and to appear
regularly on BBC2's
Newsnight Review and Radio 4's Front Row. In 1999
she was a judge on the
Booker Prize and in 2013 she was a judge on the
Women's Prize for Fiction (formerly the Orange Prize).
Walter was the founder in 2006 and director of the charity Women for
Refugee Women which supports women who seek asylum. In 2008 Women
for Refugee Women produced the play Motherland which Natasha Walter
wrote based on the experiences of women and children in immigration
detention. It was directed by
Juliet Stevenson and performed at the
Young Vic in 2008 by Juliet Stevenson,
Harriet Walter and others.
Women for Refugee Women subsequently worked in partnership with other
organisations to campaign for the end to the detention of children for
immigration purposes in the UK, a policy which the government
announced it would end in 2010.
Women for Refugee Women currently supports refugee women throughout
the UK and campaigns for an end to the detention of women who seek
She is the author of The New Feminism, which was an influential
feminist book published by Virago in 1998. Her book Living Dolls, also
published by Virago, looks at the resurgence of sexism in contemporary
In March 2015,
Natasha Walter was the Humanitas Visiting Professor of
Women's Rights at Cambridge University.
Walter is also the author of a novel, A Quiet Life, which is based
loosely on the life of Melinda Marling, the wife of Cambridge spy
Natasha Walter lives in London with her partner and their two
Feminism (1998). ISBN 978-1-86049-636-3
On the Move: feminism for a new generation (1999).
Living Dolls (2009). ISBN 978-1-84408-484-5
A Quiet Life (2016) ISBN 978-0008113759
^ a b Cochrane, Kira (24 January 2010). "Natasha Walter: 'I believed
sexism in our culture would wither away. I was entirely wrong'". The
Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 13 December 2016.
^ Walter, Natasha (14 February 2018). "Ruth Walter". The Guardian.
Retrieved 15 February 2018.
^ Walter, Natasha (12 November 2017). "My great-grandparents died in
the Holocaust but now I want German citizenship". The Observer.
Retrieved 12 November 2017. (Originally published as Walter,
=Natasha (23 November 2017). "Heimat". The New York Review of Books.
Retrieved 12 November 2017. )
^ a b Kira Cochrane, "Natasha Walter: 'I believed sexism in our
culture would wither away. I was entirely wrong'", The Guardian, 25
^ "Humanitas Visiting Professorships – CRASSH". Retrieved 7 December
^ "A Quiet Life by Natasha Walter". Retrieved 7 December 2016.
Women for Refugee Women
2002/01/interview_with_natasha_walter An interview with Walter on the
website The F-Word
 A feature by Walter in
The Guardian on the situation facing Saudi
AuthKey=6ba2fcf21ac8a0b0e4ddf01c86ed4e90&issue=503 A feature from
Prospect magazine on biology and the backlash
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