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No strangers to adversity

Gritty and inspiring stories from real women about surviving and thriving

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Cornelia Topping
Director

From Rebecca Solnit's portrait of herself as an artist and activist, to Jia Tolentino's bold and punchy critique of modern life, and Jane Robinson's tales of pioneering women in WW1, these are an eclectic group of women with important stories to tell.

These books are bursting with examples of courage and resilience, and there's never been a more important time to read them.

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Notes to Self

Notes to Self

Emilie Pine, paperback

£9.99

Emilie Pine’s essays speak with rawness, passion and humanity about the experiences of living as a modern woman in today’s world. From body politics, to sexual violence, grief, and family relationships, Pine tackles these complex topics with wisdom and clarity. A fierce and radiant exploration of life for a whole generation of women.

Invisible Women

Invisible Women

Caroline Criado Perez, paperback

£9.99

Women; half the population, and equally relevant as men in medical research, technological advancement, and social policy? Sadly not. Invisible Women exposes this pervasive inequality, and reveals how across the board women are the forgotten statistic. This is a compelling and urgent read which will change the way you view the world.

Trick Mirror

Trick Mirror

Jia Tolentino, hardback

£14.99

If there is one set of essays you read this year, make Trick Mirror be it. In an age of relentless ‘self-optimisation’, the digital erosion of private space, and existing in a confusing and often troublesome political landscape, Tolentino is the perfect tonic. Read it to feel enlightened, emboldened, amused and assured.

Ladies Can't Climb Ladders

Ladies Can't Climb Ladders

Jane Robinson, hardback

£20.00

The predominant assumption is that the First World War started a social revolution for women, and enabled them to enter into professions previously closed to them. Impressive and enjoyable, Ladies Can’t Climb Ladies tells the true story behind this headline, and resonates with contemporary issues of equal opportunity.

Three Women

Three Women

Lisa Taddeo, hardback

£16.99

Compiled from thousands of hours of intimate and frank conversations with the women featured in the book, this is a gritty and game-changing look at womanhood, desire, vulnerability, and self. Shocking, visceral and profound; reading Three Women should be a rite of passage for anyone

Recollections of My Non-Existence

Recollections of My Non-Existence

Rebecca Solnit, hardback

£16.99

If you’ve ever used the term ‘mansplaining’ then you owe it to yourself to read the work of Rebecca Solnit - whose work Men Explain Things to Me coined this term. This is her delicious and lyrical account of her own life, charting her youthful emergence as an artist and political activist to one of America’s most seminal thinkers.