Rosalind Coward

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Rosalind Coward (also known as Ros Coward, born 1952) is a British academic, journalist [1] and writer.

She has been a columnist for The Guardian[2] from 1992 and was previously a regular contributor to The Observer and Marxism Today. She wrote a regular column for The Guardian's Comment pages between 1995 and 2004. From 2005-2008 she was the author of the regular "Looking After Mother" column for the Saturday Guardian's Family section, about the problems faced by those caring for people with dementia.

Her career in journalism includes feature writing for many national newspapers and magazines including the London Evening Standard, Daily Mail, Cosmopolitan and the New Statesman.

She is known for her writing on feminist issues and in cultural semiotics. Her books including Female Desire and Our Treacherous Hearts are still widely cited, as is the essay "Are Women's Novels Feminist Novels",[3] originally written for Feminist Review.

She has a strong interest in environmental issues, and wrote a regular column for The Ecologist magazine. Since 2005 she has been a director of Greenpeace UK. She is currently Professor of Journalism at Roehampton University.[4]


  • Mandela: The Authorised Portrait (Many publishers worldwide), 2006 (interviews only)
  • Diana: The Portrait (Many publishers worldwide), 2004
  • Sacred Cows (Harper Collins), 1999
  • Our Treacherous Hearts (Faber), 1993
  • The Whole Truth (Faber), 1989
  • Female Desire (HarperCollins), 1984
  • Patriarchal Precedents (Routledge), 1983
  • Language and Materialism (with John Ellis) (Routledge), 1977


  • 'The Monarchy' in Pulling Newspapers Apart ed Bob Franklin, Routledge 2008
  • '"This Novel Changes Lives": Are Women's Novels Feminist Novels?' reprinted in ed E.Showalter The New Feminist Criticism (1985); M.Eagleton Feminist Literary Theory (1996) etc.

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