I wrote The Smile before reading The War on Women and I’m very glad it was not the other way around. Had I read Sue Lloyd Roberts book first I’d have been so outraged by the modern reality that details I chose to omit could have been included as an attempt to give voice to the unheard. I chose not to describe some appalling facts for fear of being accused of sensationalism and the exploitation of victims through the gratuitous inclusion of extreme sex and violence. I planned my story as literary fiction, designed to concentrate on the psychology of a misogynistic society. I wanted to consider how the legitimisation process can have half of the population within it viewing themselves as worthless and how an enslaved group will turn on one another rather than their oppressors.