Arts > Staying normal

05 May 2016 | by D.J. Taylor

Staying normal


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.


Subscribe to The Tablet from just £19.99 quarterly
3 options available

Share this story

Article List

Post a Comment

You can post as a subscriber user...

User Comments (0)


Sign up for our newsletter

Sign Up

Latest Issue
Digital/PDF Version

PDF version (iPad-friendly)

Previous Issues
Tablet Subscription

Manage my subcription here