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05 May 2016 | by D.J. Taylor

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Jack Monroe started writing – I was going to say “her” but as a non-binary transgender she prefers the pronoun “their” – austerity recipe blog in 2012. The goad was a complaint by a Southend councillor that drunks, drug addicts and single mothers were depressing the town’s retail trade.

A single parent herself, with a food budget of £10 a week, Jack soon whipped up a trans-medial storm with her 9p veggie burgers and her 1p mini-pizzas, appeared in newspapers, was offered a book deal by Penguin and became, as they say, no stranger to controversy.

Sarah Daniels’ “loose adaptation” of blog and backstory (25-29 April) began at the grati­fying but no less problematic moment when fame beckoned.


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