At the time Greer was spending two days a week in Manchester filming, two days in London in a white-washed bedsit on King's Road, and three days in her flat in Leamington Spa while she taught at Warwick. She was also writing The Female Eunuch. In 1968 she had had lunch with Sonny Mehta, co-founder of a new publisher, Paladin, whom she knew from Cambridge. When he asked her for ideas for new books, she repeated a suggestion of her agent's, which she had dismissed, that she write about female suffrage. The very idea of it made her angry and she began "raging" about it. "That's the book I want," he said. He advanced her ₤750 and another ₤250 when she signed the contract. She told the Sydney Morning Herald in July 1969 that the book was nearly finished and would explore, in the reporter's words, "the myth of the ultra-feminine woman which both sexes are fed and which both end up believing". At around this time (January 1971), Greer told Rolling Stone that she was an admirer of the Redstockings, a radical feminist group founded in New York in January 1969 by Ellen Willis and Shulamith Firestone.