About this newsletter

Given the extraordinary times we live in and following on from my book A State of Fear: how the UK government weaponised fear during the Covid-19 pandemic, this newsletter has a focus, for now, on Covid, lockdowns, the behavioural science approach to the epidemic, fear, authoritarian politics and where we go from here. I’ll also be writing about other subjects I am interested in, such as politics, gender, climate, human interest and lifestyle.

When it comes to both creative thinking and navigating an information battlefield, I’m in the vanguard. Join me, it’s where the fun is.

I’m just starting out, so let’s see where this goes together. I’ll welcome your comments and suggestions.

About Laura Dodsworth

I’ve been described as a ‘Slayer of Taboos’ and a ‘latter-day punchy Cassandra’. I suppose I don’t sit on the fence. I like it edgy, but incisive. Critical, but kind.

(This is me slaying some taboos for the documentary 100 Vaginas)

It can be difficult to describe what I do because I’ll admit my past is creatively chequered. I’ve also been described - kindly - as a polymath.

My latest book, A State of Fear: how the UK government weaponised fear during the Covid-19 pandemic, was a Sunday Times bestseller. It’s about how fear was leveraged to encourage compliance during an extraordinary period in British life and politics, with stories from members of the general public and revealing interviews with psychologists, politicians, scientists, lawyers, Whitehall advisers and journalists. If you live outside the UK, I think it works well as an international case study - you will probably be able to spot comparisons. It’s been called “an important book”, “a chilling post-mortem” and “dark and compelling”. I also hope it offers a clarion call for transparency and a more effective democracy.

The same themes run through everything I do: my work is an exploration of people, our lives and our place in the world. I’m drawn to telling the untold story with integrity. I like researching and investigating. My recent focus on fear follows a trajectory of interest in the taboo and what makes us who we are. You might say I went from pillow talk to nightmares. You see, it all started with the Bare Reality series…

My books Bare Reality: 100 women, their breasts, their stories, Manhood: The Bare Reality and Womanhood: The Bare Reality attracted worldwide media coverage and critical acclaim. I gave a TEDx talk about the series. A Channel 4 documentary based on Womanhood called 100 Vaginas has now been aired around the world. That led to being commissioned by The Guardian to direct another documentary, SCARS.

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