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A: Bidisha, writer, broadcaster and film-maker/performer, writes: OK, first the addictive gateway drugs. No teenage brain is complete without a thorough immersion in Virginia Andrewss jaw-droppingly perverse Flowers in the Attic (abused kids locked in an attic weird stuff happens), Lois Duncans Down a Dark Hall (maladjusted girls sent to a special school weird stuff happens) and, of course, Carrie by Stephen King (bullied girl with a Bible-beating mum cant take it any more weird stuff happens).
In fiction, I would springboard off a childhood grounding in fairytales to suggest Angela Carters classic story collection The Bloody Chamber and perhaps the surrealist painter Leonora Carringtons strange and fun The Hearing Trumpet. In cutting-edge contemporary fiction, Im drawn to the youthful friendships in Sharlene Teos Ponti, the romantic heroine in Candice Carty-Williamss bestselling Queenie and the haunted trophy wife in Radhika Jhas My Beautiful Shadow.
If your daughter likes bonnets, she can choose from two sexist and repressive societies: Jane Austens Pride and Prejudice (from the early 19th century) or Margaret Atwoods The Handmaids Tale (about the future) and its forthcoming sequel, The Testaments. Austen and Atwoods worlds, though fictional, are painfully recognisable today.
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