Celebrating Women Writers

The feminist movement arguably began in print and in print it is thriving; still providing an essential voice, a platform for women to be creative, share ideas and change the world, one page at a time.

We have a mixed bag of female writers for your summer reading for women of all ages ………

Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls by Elena Favilli, Francesca Cavallo  

We need some new fairy tale endings: What if the princess didn't marry Prince Charming but instead went on to be an astronaut? What if the jealous step sisters were supportive and kind? And what if the queen was the one really in charge of the kingdom? Vibrantly illustrated and truly inspirational, Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls tells the stories of 100 heroic women from Elizabeth I to Serena Williams. Published on the back of a phenomenally successful crowdfunding projects on Kickstarter, the book is the brainchild of entrepreneurs Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo. ‘We know children’s books are still packed with gender stereotype… we know first-hand how hard it is to succeed, to be considered, to be given a chance.’ Illustrated by sixty female artists from every corner of the globe, Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls introduces us to one hundred remarkable women and their extraordinary lives, from Ada Lovelace to Malala, Amelia Earhart to Michelle Obama. Empowering, moving and inspirational, these are true fairy tales for heroines who definitely don't need rescuing.

From the best-selling author of Americanah and We Should All Be Feminists comes a powerful new statement about feminism today - written as a letter to a friend. Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions is a response to a friend's request for help on how to bring up her new-born baby girl as a feminist. With its fifteen pieces of practical advice, this is a volume that leaps straight to the heart of sexual politics in the twenty-first century, a reclamation of feminism in straightforward terms, a proclamation that women and girls be allowed to be their “full self”.

Born in Nigeria, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie shot to fame with her first novel Purple Hibiscus, described in the Telegraph as ‘a beautifully judged account of the private intimate stirrings of a young girl faced with the familiar public obscenities of tyrannical power’. Following with a bestselling novel of lives framed against the backdrop of the Biafran War, the Orange Prize-winning Half of a Yellow Sun, a collection of stories That Thing Around Your Neck and Americanah, a transnational fable about culture-clashes in post-9/11 America. Her 2012 TEDx talk, We Should All Be Feminists (which she subsequently published as a 50-page essay) has been viewed more than 3 million times.

We: A Manifesto for Women Everywhere By Gillian Anderson, Jennifer Nadel

We is an inspiring, empowering and provocative manifesto for change. Change which we can all effect, one woman at a time. Change which provides a crucial and timely antidote to the 'have-it-all' Superwoman culture and instead focusses on what will make each and every one of us happier and more free. Change which provides an answer to the nagging sense of 'is that it?' that almost all of us can succumb to when we wake in the dead of night. Written by actress Gillian Anderson and journalist Jennifer Nadel - two friends who for the last decade have stumbled along together, learning, failing, crying, laughing and trying again - We is a not a theoretical treatise but instead a rallying cry to create a life that has greater meaning and purpose.
'We is a fascinating combination of passionate polemic, case studies borne out of Gillian and Jennifer’s personal experience and a very practical guide. Inside the book are meditations, reflections, affirmations and other tips for creating a new way of understanding yourself – all of which have been tried and tested by the authors, the very practices they see as instrumental in setting women on a path towards greater fulfilment and happiness.' – We editor Carolyn Thorne

One July morning, Ruth Malone wakes to find a bedroom window wide open and her two young children missing. After a desperate search, the police make a horrifying discovery. Noting Ruth's perfectly made-up face and provocative clothing, the empty liquor bottles and love letters that litter her apartment, the detectives leap to convenient conclusions, fuelled by neighbourhood gossip and speculation. Dispatched on his first major assignment, the more time tabloid reporter Pete Wonicke spends watching Ruth, the more he learns about the darker workings of the police and the press. Ruth Malone is enthralling, challenging and secretive - is she really capable of murder?

Based on the real-life case of Alice Cribbins (previously fictionalised in the novel Where Are the Children? By Mary Higgins Clark) Little Deaths a novel about trial by media and the hunt for truth on shifting sand.

Startlingly original and shining with quiet wisdom, this is part memoir, part vivid evocation of a life lived with and through books. Written over two years while the author battled suicidal depression, Dear Friend from My Life I Write to You in Your Life is a painful and yet richly affirming examination of what makes life worth living. Li grew up in China, her mother suffering from mental illness, and has spent her adult life as an immigrant in a country not her own. She has been a scientist, an author, an immigrant, a mother - and through it all, she has been sustained by a deep connection with the writers and books she loves.
From William Trevor and Katherine Mansfield to Kierkegaard and Larkin, Dear Friend from My Life I Write to You in Your Life is a journey through the deepest themes that bind these writers together. Interweaving personal experiences with a wide-ranging homage to her most cherished literary influences, Yiyun Li confronts the two most essential questions of her identity: Why write? And why live?

Moranifesto Caitlin Moran

When Caitlin Moran sat down to choose her favourite pieces for her new book she realised that they all seemed to join up: she thought of the word 'Moranifesto', and she knew what she had to do. This is Caitlin's engaging and amusing rallying call for our times. Combining the best of her recent columns with lots of new writing unique to this book, Caitlin deals with topics as pressing and diverse as 1980s swearing, benefits, boarding schools, and why the internet is like a drunken toddler.
‘To be clear, you won’t find dry diatribes on the machinations of Westminster here – not least because Moran isn’t capable of writing dryly about anything… Here, as with How To Be a Woman, the joy of Moran’s writing lies in how she combines thoughtfulness and intelligence with proper belly laughs.’ – The Independent Caitlin Moran’s literary career started prodigiously early, winning The Observer’s Young Reporter of the Year at the age of 15 and later became a journalist and broadcaster, writing first for Melody Maker and later for The Times. Her debut How to Be a Woman became an instant Waterstones bestseller.

Three Daughters of Eve Elif Shafak

It was an ordinary spring day in Istanbul, a long and leaden afternoon like so many others, when she discovered, with a hollowness in her stomach, that she was capable of killing someone. Set across Istanbul and Oxford, from the 1980s to the present day, Three Daughters of Eve is a sweeping tale of faith and friendship, tradition and modernity, love and unexpected, bitter betrayal. Shirin, Peri and Mona, they were the most unlikely of friends. They were the Sinner, the Believer and the Confused. Three opposing sides of a raging debate about freedom and sacrifice, confronting daily issues of identity, Islam and feminism, finally leading to the scandal that tore them all apart.‘Three Daughters of Eve is an intelligent, fierce and beguiling read that makes complicated theological questions readable and relevant.’ – The Financial Times
An award-winning novelist and political scientist, Elif Shafak is the most widely read female novelist in Turkey. To date, the author of ten novels but is best-known in the UK for her novels The Bastard of Istanbul, The Architect’s Apprentice and TheForty Rules of Love.

Paige Mahoney, the woman known as The Pale Dreamer has become Black Moth, transforming from rebel leader to underqueen. She has won the bloody scrimmage but the war is just beginning. In London’s syndicate there is an uneasy alliance between the Ranthen and the Mime Order who still rule over London's criminal population but with vengeful enemies still at large, the task of stabilising the fractured underworld has never seemed so challenging. For waiting in the wings, the White Binder, Jaxon Hall, the ultimate trickster, game-player and puppet-master extraordinaire is biding his time to strike. The third part in The Bone Season series, an epic 7-book fantasy set at the heart of an alternative, vision of London’s underworld; a heady cocktail of vaudeville colour and nineteenth-century gothic with a dystopian twist.

When Dr Battista cooks up an outrageous plan that will enable his brilliant young lab assistant Pyotr to stay in the country, he's relying - as usual - on Kate to help him. Will daughter Kate be able to resist the two men's touchingly ludicrous campaign to win her round? Anne Tyler's brilliant retelling of The Taming of the Shrew asks whether a thoroughly modern woman like Kate would ever sacrifice herself for a man. The answer is as surprising as Kate herself.

‘Novels such as Anne Tyler’s, which are so precise and current, are like photographs or digital clock faces that tell us where we are and where we are coming from at the same time. “Vinegar Girl” is an earthy reflection of this fleeting moment, both lively and thoughtful.’ – The New York Times

An impeccable chronicler of the everyday lives of Middle America, Anne Tyler is a multiple Pullitzer nominee (she won the prize in 1989 for Breathing Lessons) combining the talents of writing novels as popular as they are publically lauded. A prolific writer, her best-known novels include Dinner at theHomesick Restaurant, TheAccidental Tourist, Ladder of Years, Diggingto America and A Spool of Thread.

Natasha: I'm a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I'm definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him.

Daniel: I've always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents' high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that.
The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?

Waterstones booksellers fell in love with The Sun is Also a Star, a novel about the many possible futures in a compromised life that has barely begun. The power of Nicola Yoon’s 2015 debut Everything, Everything swiftly established her presence as a bold new voice in Young Adult fiction, unflinchingly addressing sometimes difficult issues with a unique, empathetic wisdom. The Sun is Also a Star admirably builds on this, depicting a relationship that manages to flourish under the most trying and desperate of circumstances. 

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