International Women’s Day – book by inspirational women

It’s International Women’s Day today so I thought I’d share a some books either written by, or about, inspirational women. I should mention a special thank you to Dana who has gifted me such wonderful books over the years. I certainly wouldn’t have read a number of these if she hadn’t.

‘Swing Time’ by Zadie Smith

Zadie Smith writes beautifully in her fifth novel. Swing Time is about gender and society, the choices the characters make and how they impact on the journey they take across their lives. It’s the story of two girls who meet at a community dance centre, one has the talent and the other has the determination and the different paths their lives take.

‘In search of Mary: The Mother of All Journeys’ by Bee Rowlatt

Before I read Bee Rowlatt’s I’d never even heard of Mary Wollstonecraft. Mary Wollstonecraft is the daughter of Mary Shelley (Yes, she of Frankenstein fame). Mary was the first feminist, and miles ahead of her time. Bee follows Mary journey across the globe with toddler in tow to.find out more about Mary’s amazing, and tough, life. The women and grit and determination and then some. Bee’s love and respect for Mary jumps off the page.

‘Eleanor Marx’ by Rachel Holmes

Eleanor Marx was a pioneering union leader, as well as a feminist and internationalist. Rachel Holmes takes us through Eleanor’s life from working for her father, Karl Marx, as his secretary to the hugely influential work she did with the trade unions and setting up the Labour Party, to her eventual untimely death.

‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ by Harper Lee

This is one of my favourite books. I first read it back when I was about 15 in school and I never tire of re-reading it. If you’re not familiar with the book, it’s rd through the eyes of Scout Finch, the daughter of lawyer Atticus Finch, and her brother Jem. The book explores adult views on race and prejudice and one man’s struggle for justice in the Deep South in the thirties.

No One Is Too Small To Make A Difference’ by Greta Thunberg

This book is a collection of Greta Thunberg’s hugely influential speeches on global warming and climate change that she’s written and presented. Grey’s passion really shines through in her speeches and she’s quite rightly a force to be reckoned with. Grey’s presents figures and statistics within her speeches as well as impassioned pleas for world leaders to stand up and take note.

Pride and Prejudice’ by Jane Austen

Yes, this is a classic and I’m sure most people have read it or seem various adaptation. Elizabeth Bennett is spirited and doesn’t suffer fools gladly. The book explores Elizabeth’s prejudices against Mr Darcy and how she learns to not judge a book by its cover.

‘Home Fires’ by Kamila Shamsie

I’ve not long finished reading this and it’s really stated with me. Home Fires is the story of the Pasha family and how the three siblings lives have been influenced by their mother’s death and their jihadi father, who is also dead. They meet Eammon, who is the son of the Home Secretary, Karamat Lone. It’s truly gripping and I couldn’t put it down.

2 thoughts on “International Women’s Day – book by inspirational women

  1. A great selection of books! Amazingly I’ve managed to not read anything by Zadie Smith yet – Swing Time sounds like a good place to start!


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