Sunday, 7 June 2020


It is the year 1307 and two young women are preparing for the adventures of their lives. One is to be married to a King, the other, her lady-in-waiting, intends to make the most of all of her assets; her beauty, her intelligence and an inflated sense of personal entitlement. This upwardly-mobile medieval heroine intends to stop at nothing to get what she wants, using her wits, her influence and by exploiting or thwarting the powerful men who seek either to charm her or destroy her. Lady Eleanora is a force to be reckoned with, dangerous, crafty and yet admirably resilient. Find out how she fares in the sometimes macabre reign of Queen Isabella and the husband she married for love, the tragic King Edward II.



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This delightful retelling of the disastrous twenty year reign of Edward II deserves the highest praise. Ellie, The "Minx" of the title, is Lady-in-Waiting to the young Queen Isabella. Friends since their days at the court of King Philip of France, she accompanies the 12 year old princess to the wedding and remains with her throughout the next two decades. Only 14 herself at the outset, she is, nevertheless extremely worldly wise with a lust for life and for sexual pleasure that knows few bounds.
She sees, and records for our entertainment, all of the horrors of the period: hangings, burnings and be-headings are described in gory detail. This and the many sexual encounters she witnesses and partakes in make the book unsuitable for young readers.
But it is the political intrigues, especially Edward's lavish treatment of his favourites and contempt for the majority of the barons, that make this story so fascinating in every telling. The King's downfall, at the hands of the still young Queen and her lover, is inevitable and cruel in the extreme.
Cameron has a witty style and has created in Ellie a truly memorable character. She shows her contempt for the majority of the other players in this drama, except her lover and the young Prince Edward.
For me the outstanding achievement of this book is the way Ellie's relationship with the future Edward III is developed. Historian's have wondered how it was that a boy who witnessed the betrayal of his father by his mother and her lover, the son of the most incompetent of leaders, became a King who showed remarkable restraint in his dealings with his subjects.
Cameron provides a possible answer. The fictional woman the rest of the courtiers called “The Court Strumpet” and “Chief-Lady-in-Mating” provided the mentorship that neither parent nor any of the sycophants that surrounded them could.
When he has become King and is contemplating the best way to take his revenge on Mortimer for the death of his father, she advises him: “You're not only the King but a politician too. To be a good politician, you must be patient and wait for the best opportunity, for the right action at the right time.”
Some passages are reminiscent of Ben Elton's “Blackadder” television series. If you enjoyed those, you will be equally delighted with “The Minx”. But if you love British history, especially the turbulent but formative 14th century, I can unhesitatingly recommend this entertaining evocation of the period.

Sunday, 15 December 2019


Philosophers of Ancient Times - Beautiful Insights and Mad Moments

I write about male philosophers too, and those ancients were brave, clever and quirky. Many of their insights and visions have stood up to the test of time. The paperback is in larger print, 16 point, but there is also a kindle ebook.


Prepare to be amazed!

Wednesday, 30 October 2019


I've learned recently that groups are beginning to discover my EIGHTEEN AMAZING WOMEN PHILOSOPHERS to be a useful basic guide for feminist philosophy sessions. As there are eighteen chapters, that provides material for an equivalent number of sessions, with no fiddly photocopyng for the facilitator if each student has a book.
Students or members can be encouraged to do some additional research, and its easy enough to set out questions around each chapter to inspire lively debate.
Philosophy debates are tremendous fun and very educational. It's so enriching to know more about the great women who have made our own lives a little easier. I wish my own book had been available to me when I started running my philosophy sessions six years ago in Brighton! That, of course, is a rhetorical statement  but all the same, it's true. I had to create my own material, hence the book!
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Tuesday, 10 September 2019


The Trouble with Trolleyology and Fatism

A weird week this week.

What do YOU think about this new trolleyology dilemma?

I joined a meeting with some budding philosophers to tell them something about my research relating to women phiilosophers, from ancient times to the present day. (Eighteen Amazing Women Philosophers)

It should have been fun. I planned a section on the growth of feminism through its famous "three waves" and, for a lively group discussion, I picked Philippa Foot's "Trolley Problem" where you may choose to divert a runaway trolley from its track towards one person, to save five vulnerable people on the other track.

There have been a few variants on Philippa Foot's work to look at other moral aspects presented by the problem. This includes the famous variant, The Fat Man.

The Fat Man version supposes that, instead of diverting the trolley with a lever, you push a fat man in front of it to stop it. Many people are willing to pull the lever to divert the trolley onto the other track, but they wouldn't directly kill the fat man by pushing him onto the track.

The issue with the fat man seemed to be a sticking point with the group, who were familiar with the variant. They had already read my book and discussed it, but wanted to pursue it further.

The first thing I was told was I should "lose the fat man." One member of the group was particularly angry that I should fat-shame this anonymous and representational overweight person.

Phew! What options do I have?

The Fat Man scenario was developed by from Philippa Foot's original version by other philosophers during a time when "fat" was used as an adjective.

Now it seems I am required to change "fat" to maybe, "large" in my book. Really?.

This seems patronising to say the least, as it denies the historical context of the dilemma, and the writing of Philippa Foot and other philosophers, such as Judith Jarvis Thomson, who helped developed the several variants of the problem including The Fat Man.

But, to change the established and accepted content of this text is not good academic practice, nor is it honest.

Alternatively, I suppose I could add that useful little word "sic" after the word "fat." But, for heaven's sake, aren't we all adults, and old enough to understand the issue?

At a time when gay people are reclaiming the word "queer" and black people absorb the N-word into their discourse, thereby diminishing its power, how pathetic to have to face hositility over one descriptive word used in its correct historical context.

It isn't my place to change it.

Besides, as a far-from-lightweight but reasonably presentable woman, I think I must reclaim the word "fat" into my life.


Monday, 26 August 2019


Interview with Janet Cameron

What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I like Pinterest, as it's fun to create pins and categorise them. The problem is that the first edition of my EIGHTEEN AMAZING WOMEN PHILOSOPHERS (published on Smashwords as FIFTEEN WOMEN PHILOSOPHERS) did well on Pinterest, and had around 1.3k hits, and plenty of shares and comments. My publisher, the online educational site, Decoded Everything, folded, and my book disappeared so I needed to republlish it myself which has been a tough learning curve. It has also been a little bit painful closing down the pins displaying that first edition, and sacrificing the 1.3k hits to give the new book a chance. I hope it will soon catch up, as it's beeen revised and has three more brilliant women philosophers. It's my baby, the result of lots of research and reflection and inspiring content, and I hope people will continue to buy it.
What is your favourite review for Eighteen Amazing Women Philosophers?
I've been lucky enough to get a professional book reviewer, Zoe King, to read and rate the book. Zoe gave it 5 stars (Hooray) and here is her review:

"As the author says in her opening salvo, why a book on ‘women’ philosophers? The answer she goes on to tell us is that women are woefully neglected in general introductory philosophy books. In an attempt to restore the balance, Janet Cameron here features 18 women who have, each in their own way, contributed to the genre over the years. She cites Hegel and other male commentators who have remarked upon the omission, not always in a supportive manner, and goes on to tell us briefly and concisely about women we should know about, and should celebrate ranging from 5 th century mathematician Hypatia, through later feminists.

In Chapter 1, the author marries her twin passions of poetry and philosophy to take a look at Hypatia, citing the work of American poet Adrienne Rich. In Diving into the Wreck, Rich mirrors the lift and obscene death of Hypatia, who so threatened the status quo that she was allegedly killed by having oyster shells hurled at her. In chapter 2, we find 10th century Japanese feminist, Murasaki Shikibu, reputed to be the world’s first woman novelist. Little is known about her life, but Cameron explores what little we do know.

Following chapters take us through better known names such as Mary Wollstonecraft, Ada Lovelace, Ayn Rand, Simone de Beauvoir, and up to the present day, with a look at Iris Murdoch, Mary Warnock, Mary Midgley, and the oft beleaguered Mary Beard. All in all, the book builds into an invaluable introduction to these wonderful women and will undoubtedly fire the imagination and the desire to learn more.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Ten years ago I joined a Philosophy course. The teacher was very good and went through the history of philosophy entirely from a male perspective. This was interesting, but when he asked us what we'd like to do next term, I said could we look at some women philosophers? He shrugged dismissively and said, "It's not very interesting. It's just about feminism." I was so mad with him, but this further sparked my interest, which had always been there. But now I wanted to do something about it. I began to run a course myself, strictly non-sexist as we looked at both male and female philosophers. Then I began to write content for an educational website, who published the first edition of the book with Smashwords, but with just fifteen women philosophers, For the second edition, that is, the one I am hoping you will want to read, I revised a little, and also added three more women.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I have been traditionally published for all my adult life, in fact I have earned my living that way, along with teaching English and lecturing in creative writing. However, in retirement I have developed more "niche" interests. I have actually turned down commissions offered by two or three of my former publishers - I have enjoyed my writing but my heart isn't in "that place" any more. I don't regret it. I much prefer to write about philosophy and poetry than murders, crime and ghosts! The money isn't so good, but the freedom is wonderful!
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
The first edition of my most precious book attracted some attention on Smashwords since its first publication in 2014, so that set the bar for future success - I hope.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love my subject. Also, I must confess, I like being appreciated for what I produce.
What are you working on next?
I am working on my book of iconic women poets. It's actually finished apart from proofreading and checking presentation.
Who are your favorite authors?
Too many to list here. Iris Murdoch, for her wonderful philosophy book, Metaphysics as a Guide to Morals, My favourite poets are Adrienne Rich, Maya Angelous, Charles Bukowski, Walt Whitman, and the incomparable John Keats. My favourite novelist is probably Ian McEwan and my favourite short story writers are Helen Simpson, Raymond Carver and Alice Munro.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Breakfast! Also, I do look forward to writing, walking and seeing friends.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I search on my device for favourite authors.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. It was called "A Day in the Life of a Mouse" and it was read out in front of the entire school. I was ten.
What is your writing process?
I think I probably just "go with the flow", forgive the cliche. I never sit down in front of a blank sheet. I do a lot of thinking and when I'm ready, I write, on a sheet of paper if I'm not at home. This may seem disorganised, and I suppose it is. Still, I have produced a lot of books and been translated into several languages; also my work has had to fit around other responsibilities.

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Eighteen Amazing Women Philosophers 
Price: $2.39 USD. Words: 22,470. Language: English. Published: July 31, 2019. Categories:Nonfiction » Philosophy » Ethics & moral philosophyNonfiction » Biography » Philosopher biography
Throughout history, women refused to be subjugated by a patriarchal society. They wanted freedom, education, and sexual and financial independence. As a result, they struggled to find ways to live better and address inequality, and today they excel in the fields of Applied Philosophy, such as morality and ethics,

Friday, 9 August 2019



If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude.

I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catcher's mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back.

When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.

A wise woman wishes to be no one's enemy; a wise woman refuses to be anyone's victim.

We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.

I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.

Bitterness is like cancer. It eats upon the host. But anger is like fire. It burns it all clean.

The thing to do, it seems to me, is to prepare yourself so you can be a rainbow in somebody else's cloud. Somebody who may not look like you. May not call God the same name you call God - if they call God at all. I may not dance your dances or speak your language. But be a blessing to somebody. That's what I think.

Won't it be wonderful when black history and native American history and Jewish history and all of U.S. history is taught from one book. Just U.S. history.