Anneka Harry

Writer / Presenter

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Anneka is a writer, comedy actor and producer. Her writer/performer work includes series and episodes for BBC, channel 4, ITV, Radio 4 and various online platforms including Stylist and Grazia. Anneka is originally from the Midlands and is a dedicated feminist, LGBTQ rights advocate, gin drinker and sausage-dog mum.

Current publication: 

LADY SIDEKICK: 50 Tired Tropes for Women - The History Press - 20th October 2020

We need less censorship of female behaviour. We need more women and we need raw women. We need more Killing Eve's and fewer Women Being Killed in the Opening Credits By Steves. We need to scream alongside them and get down and dirty with them. We need not for our personalities to be depicted by our haircuts or colour... 'Lady Sidekick' scrutinises fifty of the most snore female cookie-cut character archetypes, appropriations and tokens that we are SO over and gives them a 21st-century makeover. Through hilarious breakdowns, comic illustration and tongue-firmly-in-cheek-fuelled study, it slow-roasts each trope, sprinkling them with sarcasm, seasoning them with feminism, infusing them with activism and serving them up for the modern day masses. It's time to shove a stick of dynamite up the arse of the out-of-date and ignite the fresh! This book will light the touch paper.


'The perfect, funny, tounge-in-cheek look at the tired tropes we all know so well. Kept a smile on my face throughout. Characters perfectly captured by Laura's illustrations.' - Jade Anouka

'Perfectly observed and absolutley bang on the money. Lady Sidekick is funny AF.' - Faye Marsay 

'Smashing down the dark side of the patriarchal narrative for women, with lightness, brightness and humour.' - Gemma Cairney 

'Brilliantly sharp and very funny. I loved it!' - Rosie Jones

'Lady Sidekick is here to remind you that we can do way better than the female character tropes we see on screen. This book will inspire you to bring brilliant, complex and funny women to life in your own projects - I see them around me everyday but weirdly, I rarely see them on screen?! STRANGE! Let's dismantle the patriarchy one tired trope at a time.' - Alexandra Roach


Publication DetailsNotes

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Meet the unsung sheroes of history: the diverse, defiant and daring (wo)men who changed the rules, and their identities, to get sh*t done.

You’ll encounter Kit Cavanagh, the swaggering Irish dragoon who was the first woman to be buried in London with full military honours; marauding eighteenth-century pirates Mary Read and Anne Bonny, who collided on the high seas after swapping their petticoats for pantaloons; Ellen Craft, an escaped slave who masqueraded as a white master to spirit her husband-to-be to freedom; and Billy Tipton, the swinging jazz musician, who led a double life as an adult, taking five wives along the way. Then there are the women who still have to dress like men to live their best lives, like the inspirational football-lovers in Iran, who risk everything to take their place in the stands.

A call to action for the modern world, this book celebrates the #GenderRebels who paved the way for women everywhere to be soldiers and spies; kings and queens; firefighters, doctors, pilots; and a Swiss Army knife’s-worth more.

Published in Audio by W F Howes, actress Suranne Jones and presenters Maya Jama and Gemma Cairney have joined author Anneka Harry to narrate her debut book