Columnist and journalist @Guardian. Visiting Fellow @ManMetUni. Ambassador @thehygienebank. Author of CRIPPLED out now. E: frances.ryan.freelance@guardian.co.uk

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SOME NEWS. I’m so excited to finally be able to say I’m writing a new book - a lifestyle guide for disabled women for @FigTreePenguin out in 2025. It’s a love letter to disabled women everywhere. With jokes. There’s more info about it here: theguardian.com/society/2022…
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“Truss’s flirtation with more disability cuts has only piled on the frustration and despair that disabled people have been feeling for over a decade.” Great piece by @TinyWriterLaura on the government’s refusal to rule out real-term benefit cuts. theguardian.com/commentisfre…
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For most people, power cuts will be an inconvenience. But for some disabled adults and children, it can be life and death. People who use life-sustaining equipment at home, such as ventilators and dialysis, need reassurance from the government now. theguardian.com/business/202…
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You know you’re definitely writing a new book when you’re in @thebookseller. WHO WANTS NORMAL? will be published by @FigTreePenguin in 2025. Thanks so much to @Diana_Beaumont for all her work making this happen. Read more about the book here: thebookseller.com/rights/fig…
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If you can’t access the article, here’s a screengrab summarising the book - including releasing the names of some more brilliant well known women who are taking part.
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The response to this has been SO overwhelmingly kind. Thank you so much to everyone sending a message. I can’t reply to every one but I’m reading them all and they are each making me smile.
SOME NEWS. I’m so excited to finally be able to say I’m writing a new book - a lifestyle guide for disabled women for @FigTreePenguin out in 2025. It’s a love letter to disabled women everywhere. With jokes. There’s more info about it here: theguardian.com/society/2022…
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Revealed: rightwing ‘slash and burn’ ideas that could be blueprint for Truss’s government. Suggestions include scrapping free childcare hours, abolishing corporation tax and changing tax “so a married woman’s income could be seen as part of her husband’s.” theguardian.com/politics/202…
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It’s awk to chat money but FWIW I was happy to be transparent to show what publishing can do for disabled authors when it wants to. For too long, we’ve been underpaid, sidelined, and excluded. Let this set the bar high for publishers. It’s just the beginning for disabled talent.
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SOME NEWS. I’m so excited to finally be able to say I’m writing a new book - a lifestyle guide for disabled women for @FigTreePenguin out in 2025. It’s a love letter to disabled women everywhere. With jokes. There’s more info about it here: theguardian.com/society/2022…
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The book features forty plus legendary women and NBp with physical and mental health conditions who have so generously given their time for this project. From @SelmaBlair, @jameelajamil, @josierones @ruth_madeley to @Emmabarnett @Fearnecotton and many more. Huge thanks to them.
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“Watching the Conservative Party self-destruct whilst the economy tanks is akin to seeing your racist neighbour’s house flood with sewage. It’s delightful Schadenfreude - until you realise that shit is heading straight for you.” My col. on conference. theguardian.com/commentisfre…
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Thoughts and prayers to any readers who didn’t quite get the massive sarcasm in this line of my column. I know if there’s one vibe I give off, it’s “overly sympathetic to Tories.” theguardian.com/commentisfre…
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The bar for Liz Truss is so low that when she doesn’t projectile vomit onto the crowd and call the public “ugly bastards,” the media class declare “she’s coming into her own!”
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No, sorry. The speech has started with the phrase, “building new buildings.” If you’re not even going to try, I don’t think we should have to listen. #ToryConference
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Famously, women do not wear trousers.
Nadhim Zahawi, warming up the crowd for Liz Truss: “Our third woman prime minister. And third woman Conservative Prime Minister at that. Labour? All talk- but all we see is trousers.” #CPC22
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As the Tories line up a new age of austerity, here’s what their first time did: More than 330,000 excess deaths in Britain in recent years can be attributed to spending cuts to public services and benefits. theguardian.com/business/202…
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It always gets framed as a gotcha when anti-choice men pay for their mistresses’ abortions, but it’s not a contradiction. The principle is not against abortion; it’s in favor of male control of women’s bodies.
EXCLUSIVE: Herschel Walker, an anti-abortion absolutist, paid for an abortion in 2009. We have the receipts. Literally. Me @thedailybeast thedailybeast.com/pro-life-h…
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I’m writing tomorrow’s column on the Tory party conference and I beg you all, please stop speaking. Every day, more absolutely batshit things are leaving your mouths. It’s too much. Please, I beg you. Newspapers are only so big.
#KwasiKwarteng blames ‘pressure’ of Queen’s death for botched mini-budget 👀 independent.co.uk/news/uk/po…
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For my book, Crippled, I spoke in-depth to a dozen disabled people about what it’s really like to live on benefits in Britain: from sleeping in a tent to keep warm to becoming malnourished from lack of food. amazon.co.uk/Crippled-Auster…
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The Tory’s ongoing attempt to make the public envy disabled and chronically ill people unable to work is genuinely staggering. Imagine seeing a young mum diagnosed with Multiple sclerosis and suggesting “fairness” means *she’s* the lucky one living a life of Riley.
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