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10 Must-Read Books Written by Women

Find Your Shine by Anna Lou Walker, £12.99

This book is a great one if you’re feeling a little down and could do with a boost to your self-confidence. There are loads of easily actionable tips contained in its pages, and Anna lays them out in such a way that you feel better just for having read this book. A lot of the advice in the book probably isn’t revolutionary, but it definitely helps to have it set out for you in a colourful and friendly way; sometimes when you’re feeling a bit low, all you need is for someone to lay out exactly what you need to do to boost your mood, and this book does so wonderfully.

Happy Healthy Sober by Janey Lee Grace, £12.99

In Happy Healthy Sober, Janey Lee shares the story of how she went sober, and offers detailed advice of how you can do the same, giving you support for each step of the journey. The book is candid and touching, offering a real insight into the battles she faced on her journey to find happiness, yet still has moments of humour, and it is the perfect companion for people who are considering cutting booze out. Contrary to many other books in this field, Janey Lee largely focuses on the joy of being sober, leaving you feeling that sobriety is a great thing, a mentality which will help during the tougher moments of your journey. Janey Lee is inspiring, and you should definitely check out her book!

Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo, £8.99

Girl, Woman, Other is a multi-award-winning book, and it isn’t hard to understand why. Evaristo's writing is captivating, and her cast of twelve characters beautifully tell the story of black womanhood in Great Britain over the last century. This book has topped many book charts, and deservedly so, as it is one of the most absorbing stories of our time. If you want to read the story of Britain as it’s never been told before, then this is the book for you.

Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni-Eddo Lodge, £9.99

This was the book that completely opened my eyes to the realities of racial injustice in Britain. It is the book that sparked a national conversation about racism. It touches on so many important topics, including eradicated black history, the link between class and race, and black feminism, and it is by far one of the most insightful and educational books I've ever read. This is a must-read for people all over the world, and especially in Britain.

Invisible Women: Exposing Data Bias in a World Designed for Men by Caroline Criado Perez, £9.99

Did you know that we live in a world where women are 47% more likely to be injured in a car accident than men are? Or that often, doctors prescribe drugs to women which are not suitable for our bodies? Criado Perez touches on these topics and more in her book which explores the gender bias which is so deeply ingrained in our society. She illustrates the ways that women are often forgotten about, and the ways this can impact on us all. This is the book that will change the way you see the world.

Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë, £2.50

How could I write a list of books by women without including one of literature’s early female icons, one of the Brontë sisters? Wuthering Heights has long been one of my favourite books, and I think it’s just one of those amazing books that you can keep going back to time and time again without getting bored of it. After all, it is a classic for a reason!

First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers by Loung Ung, £6.78

This is one of the most emotional stories I've ever read. It is the personal history of the author during the Khmer Rouge rule in Cambodia in the 1970s, and it contains shocking stories of unimaginable cruelty. The first-person narrative lends an engaging quality to the book, and the fact she is narrating the story through the eyes of her child self make it even more powerful. This is a book everyone should read at some point in the lives; it is eye-opening and heart-breaking, and it sheds some light on the true evils of the Khmer Rouge regime.

The Color Purple by Alice Walker, £8.99

A lot of the books on the English Literature school curriculum are awful, but this is not one of them. I first read this in my school days, and I remember being utterly entranced by the epistolary style, as I had never read a book which was written in this style before. Walker tells the tale of Celie, a young black girl who grows up in an era of poverty and segregation and experiences horrific things throughout her youth. It is a story of self-growth and discovering the power of one’s own spirit, and it is told in a stunning way which holds your attention from start to finish.

The Prison Doctor by Dr. Amanda Brown, £8.99

This book gives an insight into the world of Britain’s jails. It is fascinating to have a look into a world which feels so distant from our own, and it is one of those books that really makes you appreciate what you have in your own life. Her second book, The Prison Doctor: Women Inside, is equally interesting to read, and both books are completely heart-breaking in some of the stories they tell. Despite the crimes some of these people have committed, Amanda is their doctor and will always strive to care for them. This is a book showcasing the good and bad of humanity.

The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende, £9.99

I don’t think there are many authors that captivate my attention in the way Allende does. Her writing is fantastic, and this story of a proud and passionate family, secret loves and violent revolution is one of her best. Everyone should read at least one book by Allende in their lifetime, and this one certainly isn’t a bad place to start.