AUTHOR STAR POWER: Robyn Doolittle is a trusted name in news, synonymous with groundbreaking investigative journalism. An excellent public speaker, she routinely appears on Canadian and US media outlets and at high-profile public events, most recently in an onstage interview with Ronan Farrow.
TIMELY: With the #MeToo movement and its aftermath, and new scandals exposed, this will remain a news story.
PRESCRIPTIVE: This book has tangible takeaways that can improve how we deal with sexual misconduct.
One of CBC’s “21 books by Canadian women to read right now”
“Doolittle injects herself into the narrative as she interviews experts. The book can be best read as a useful primer on the myths still embedded in how sexual assault is treated within the courts and culture…”
“[A]n unflinching look at the #MeToo era…. a decisive snapshot of this moment in history that considers where we were, and sets the stage for where we might go, and will no doubt be used to describe this moment long after we’ve moved on to a new normal.” —Zoe Whittall, award-winning author of The Best Kind of People
“Had It Coming is an in-depth look at how attitudes around sexual harassment and assault are changing in the #MeToo era.”
“[Doolittle’s] analysis of a complex and difficult subject is colourful and prismatic…She uses a conversational, approachable tone to make the book relatable to people on both sides of the ‘he said, she said’ fence…her central message [is] compelling…”
—Literary Review of Canada
“[A] nuanced, open-minded, de-politicized discussion of our post-#MeToo world.”
“Doolittle writes with lucidity and heart, directly addressing the challenges posed by a book that delves onto a topic that often leads to knee-jerk reactions and polarizing debates. Instead of capitulating to these impulses, she chooses to explore the questions of the moment with the nuance and detail they deserve…A must-read for all Canadians.”
—Quill & Quire
“…rigorous reportage and unflinching…. [a] vital read.”
“[I]ncisive, impeccably researched, and deeply honest.”
“Had It Coming should be mandatory reading in high school health classes to accompany lessons about consent to speed up a much-needed cultural shift in how sexual assault cases are judged…. it’s an important read that forces readers to question their knee-jerk reactions affiliated with #MeToo—and makes them think twice before typing a tweet.”
—The Winnipeg Free Press
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