From blog author Natalie Bennett

Philobiblon started life in July 2004 as a mostly women’s history blog, back in the days when newsreaders still said “a blog is an online diary” every time they used the word. Back then I was working on a history book that became a series of four history books that I still hope to get back to one day. History still has a strong place, although usually with a political slant.

Where does the name come from? This early post explains. And this blog also has a “patron saint”, Anne Clifford.

It’s charted quite a bit of my political life since I joined the Green Party in January 2006, and these days is mostly a books blog (often to record readings/ideas/facts for myself, as well as to share with others – that’s why you’ll often find page references), with an occasional line in short commentary/linkage that won’t fit on Twitter.

A few favourite posts from over the years:

Green politics


Women’s history

You’ll also find me on the Camden Green Party blog, and my theatre and arts reviews on My London Your London.

I was the founder of the Carnival of Feminists, and am still a books editor on Blogcritics.org. You can find more about me on my personal website.

Want to get in touch? Please email.


  • April 28, 2014 - 10:06 pm | Permalink

    Why are you preaching to the British people when you’re Australian?? I’ll tell you what we’ll swap you for Tony Abbott, you go back to Australia and we’ll send Tony back here where he was born!

  • November 18, 2014 - 1:25 am | Permalink

    Please can you help me, I am the mother of one of the “Lost Children of Sodium Valproate ”

    I consider myself lucky, that the medication that I took whilst I was pregnant for my mild Epilepsy, affected my Son.

    How am I lucky, Firstly I can finally put a label on what was wrong with my now 13 year old Son and I new that it wasn’t some biological fault in the genes that made my beautiful Son the Wray he is today, diagnosed with Fetal Valproate Neurodevelomental Effects, Aspergers, Low I Q, Servere Pragmatic Language Disorder, Poor Fine Motor Skills, Hypermobile Joints, Lax Muscle Tone, Poor Social skills and Depression.

    At the age of 14 nearly 15, he never leaves the house.

    Tomas issues are on the mild scale, he’s had 7 operations so far. When I contacted my local MP he confirmed that UK directive is that Sodium Valproate should only have been prescribed in Servere circumstances and only when other drugs are offered. I was only warned of 1% chance of a baby with Spina Bifida. Given the slow release medication.

    Dr Rebecca Bromley, calculated over 15 yrs, concluded
    20,000 affected by Sodium Valproate in the UK alone. Costing UK Taxpayers
    £20,000,000,000 billion
    regards Jo

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