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I’M ABSOLUTELY FINE
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‘I have been waiting for this book my entire life. It’s brilliant.’ – Claudia Winkleman
‘A genius book. So funny so wise so cool and above all so USEFUL. I couldn’t love it more. I am buying it for every one of my friends.’ – India Knight
‘I’m absolutely fine but I slightly need to pee I followed the road less travelled and now I don’t know where the hell I am I may bleed to death shaving my legs my soul aches another week has ended without me becoming accidentally rich I just put my keys in the fridge unexpected object in the bagging area I’ll have a café mocha vodka Valium latte to go please where’s my phone? My anxieties have anxieties no… not like that – here I’ll do it do I have to do everything? WTF?’
Is it just me? We gnaw on that don’t we? Is it just me? Well look around. Look at the rage the resolution the ‘hear me roar’ the panic the power the chin hairs the shame the empathy the conversation the sheer potential.
Welcome to Midulthood. A place where we recognise that we are all more alike than we are unalike. Of course it’s not just you. If we’re not in it together we’re not in it at all…
From sex (What Could Possibly Go Wrong) to self-image (Does This Straightjacket Make Me Look Fat?) I’m Absolutely Fine is a wry look at real life real wisdom and real information framed in fun.
WOMEN & POWER
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Britain’s best-known classicist Mary Beard, is also a committed and vocal feminist.With wry wit, she revisits the gender agenda and shows how history has treated powerful women. Her examples range from the classical world to the modern day,from Medusa and Athena to Theresa May and Hillary Clinton. Beard explores the cultural underpinnings of misogyny, considering the public voice of women, our cultural assumptions about women’s relationship with power, and how powerful women resist being packaged into a male template.
THE LITTLE BOOK OF FEMINIST SAINTS
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This inspiring, beautifully illustrated collection honours one hundred exceptional women throughout history and around the world.
In this luminous volume, New York Times bestselling writer Julia Pierpont and artist Manjit Thapp match short, vibrant and surprising biographies with stunning full-colour portraits of secular female ‘saints’: champions of strength and progress. These women broke ground, broke ceilings and broke moulds – including
Maya Angelou – Jane Austen – Ruby Bridges – Rachel Carson – Shirley Chisholm – Hillary Clinton – Marie Curie & Irene Joliot Curie – Isadora Duncan – Amelia Earhart – Artemisia Gentileschi – Grace Hopper – Dolores Huerta – Frida Kahlo – Billie Jean King – Audre Lorde – Wilma Mankiller – Toni Morrison – Michelle Obama – Sandra Day O’Connor – Sally Ride – Eleanor Roosevelt – Margaret Sanger – Sappho – Nina Simone – Gloria Steinem – Kanno Sugako – Harriet Tubman – Mae West – Virginia Woolf – Malala Yousafzai
Open to any page and find daily inspiration and lasting delight.
THE GUILTY FEMINIST
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In 2015 I described myself as ‘guilty feminist’ for the first time. My goals were noble but my concerns were trivial. I wanted desperately for women to be taken seriously in leadership roles all over the world, but I also wanted to look good sitting down naked.
A funny, joyful, frank and inspiring book about embracing both feminism and our imperfections, from the creator of the hit comedy podcast, Deborah Frances-White.
From inclusion to the secret power of rom coms, from effective activism to what poker can tell us about gender, Deborah Frances-White explores what it means to be a 21st-century feminist, and encourages us to make the world better for all women.
The book also includes exclusive interviews with performers, activists and thinkers – Jessamyn Stanley, Zoe Coombs Marr, Susan Wokoma, Bisha K. Ali, Reubs Walsh, Becca Bunce, Amika George, Mo Mansfied and Leyla Hussein – plus a piece from Hannah Gadsby.
Praise for THE GUILTY FEMINIST podcast:
‘Hilarious, irreverent, eternally surprising, classy as hell, genius comedians … It’s shows like this that breathe life into conversations about feminism’ Phoebe Waller-Bridge
‘If you are the kind of feminist who secretly sings along to Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines then The Guilty Feminist understands your pain’ Guardian 50 Best Podcasts
‘Epitomises the brilliance of being an unapologetic, powerful lady … Tackles issues from democracy to sexuality to porn with a lightness and hilarity that makes even the newly ordained feminist feel at home’ Sunday Times
‘A refreshingly honest take on the complexities and insecurities of being a woke female today’ Grazia
THE LITTLE BOOK OF WOMEN OF COLOUR – THE INSPIRING TRUE STORIES BEHIND ICONIC WOMEN OF COLOUR
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Discover the fascinating stories behind 38 iconic women of colour all of them ground-breakers risk-takers and game-changers. Whether they are sportswomen scientists activists or superstars every one of these women has been a trailblazer in their field and deserves to have her achievements celebrated the world over. Be empowered and inspired by their extraordinary life stories their awesome achievements and their wonder-words of wisdom with this pocketbook of remarkable women and prepare to be introduced to your new superheroes.
PAIN AND PREJUDICE
An incredibly important and powerful look at how our culture treats the pain and suffering of women in medical and social contexts. A polemic on the state of women’s health and healthcare.
One in ten women worldwide have endometriosis, yet it is funded at 5% of the rate of diabetes; women are half as likely to be treated for a heart attack as men and twice as likely to die six months after discharge; over half of women who are eventually diagnosed with an autoimmune disease will be told they are hypochondriacs or have a mental illness. These are just a few of the shocking statistics explored in this book.
i>Pain and Prejudice is a vital testament to how social taboos and medical ignorance keep women sick and in anguish. The stark reality is that women’s pain is not taken as seriously as men’s. Women are more likely to be disbelieved and denied treatment than men, even though women are far more likely to be suffering from chronic pain.
In a potent blend of polemic and memoir, Jackson confronts the private concerns and questions women face regarding their health and medical treatment. Pain and Prejudice, finally, explains how we got here, and where we need to go next.
WE NEED NEW STORIES: THE FORTRESS OF CORRUPT IDEAS AND HOW TO TEAR IT DOWN
It is becoming clear that the old frames of reference are not working, that the narratives used for decades to stave off progressive causes are being exposed as falsehoods. Six myths have taken hold, ones which are at odds with our lived experience and in urgent need of revision.
Has freedom of speech become a cover for promoting prejudice? Has the concept of political correctness been weaponised to avoid ceding space to those excluded from power? Does white identity politics pose an urgent danger? These are some of the questions at the centre of Nesrine Malik’s radical and compelling analysis that challenges us to find new narrators whose stories can fill the void and unite us behind a shared vision.
Equal is an inspiring, personal and campaigning book about how we should and can fight for equal pay and other kinds of equality in the workplace, by former BBC China editor Carrie Gracie.
Gracie joined a group of high-profile BBC women who challenged the national broadcaster over equal pay after enforced disclosures revealed huge gaps between top men and women. Gracie had insisted on equal pay at the time of her China posting, and after trying with other BBC women to put things right through negotiation, she eventually resigned her post complaining publicly of a ‘secretive and illegal’ pay culture. Her protest triggered a parliamentary inquiry into BBC pay, and after a protracted internal complaints process, she won an apology from the BBC and a settlement which she donated to the Fawcett Society.
In Equal Gracie will tell her own story, explore why it is often so hard for women to assert their value in the workplace and give practical guidance on what women, men and employers can do to achieve equality for this and future generations of women.
THIS IS YOUR BRAIN ON BIRTH CONTROL
Hormonal contraception is something most women will use at some point during their lifetime. But the reach of the pill goes far beyond the small number of targeted effects we take it for. It affects almost every system in our body.
Column inches and anecdotal conversations prove there are many questions about the pill and its effects, yet until now we have known very little about it, in part because research on our brains and our bodies was conducted almost exclusively on men. In this trailblazing book, expert psychologist Dr Hill reveals the latest science on the Pill, and how it’s changing women and the world for better and for worse. Did you know that the Pill not only creates a different version of yourself, but can change your brain, remove a key feature of your stress response, potentially increase your risk of depression and even have the ability to fundamentally change your mate selection?
THE HORMONE FIX
As women approach menopause, many start to experience the physical and emotional indignities of hormonal fluctuation: metabolic stall and weight gain, hot flashes and night sweats, insomnia, memory loss or brain fog, irritability, low libido, and painful sex. Too often, doctors tell us that these discomforts are to be expected and that we will have to wait them out during “the change”. But Dr Anna Cabeca’s research and experience with thousands of her patients show that there is a fast-acting and non-pharmaceutical way to dramatically and permanently alleviate these symptoms.
The Hormone Fix introduces Dr Cabeca’s unique Keto-Green protocol, a plan that pairs the hallmarks of ketogenic (low-carb/high fat) eating with diet and lifestyle changes that bring the body’s cellular pH to a healthy alkaline level. The proven result: balanced cortisol and reduced output of insulin, the hormones most responsible for belly fat and weight gain, plus an increase in oxytocin, the “love and happiness” hormone. Whether you are perimenopausal, menopausal, or postmenopausal, The Hormone Fix offers an easy-to-follow program.
13 THINGS MENTALLY STRONG WOMEN DON’T DO
The emergence of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements have awakened society and encouraged women to find their voice and claim back their power. Contending with a host of difficult issues that demand psychological strength – in this crucial book, prominent psychotherapist and licensed clinical social worker Amy Morin gives women the techniques to build mental muscle in 13 steps.
Delving into critical issues like sexism, social media, social comparison, and social pressure, Amy offers thoughtful, intelligent advice, practical tips, and specific strategies; combining them with her personal experiences, stories from former patients, and both well-known and untold examples from women from across industries and pop culture. Throughout, she explores the areas women – and society at large – must focus on to become (and remain) mentally strong.
FED UP: NAVIGATING AND REDEFINING EMOTIONAL LABOUR FOR GOOD
No more grin and bear it: how and why we all need to reset the domestic balance.
Gemma Hartley is a mother and journalist on a mission: to throw fresh light on the hidden burden of ’emotional labour’ (washing, wiping, worrying, soothing, shopping, preparing, planning, cooking, caring), and find out why it is that the bulk of these thankless, hugely time-consuming and frustrating jobs fall to women.
Gemma’s article: ‘Women Aren’t Nags; We’re Just Fed Up,’ was shared by millions of readers, giving voice to a huge number of women whose frustration and anger is mixed with incredulity. Is this really where we’re at 50 years post-feminism? Gemma’s quest to get to the bottom of the problem and find out how to solve it will take you deep into your own subconscious bias, and sees her challenging the foundations of her own marriage to try to forge a better, more balanced way to live.
Fed Up puts forward a thought-provoking, honest and impassioned case that any woman in a relationship should take an unflinching look at her own home life and ask: “How could we do this better?” The answer might just save your sanity, and your relationship.
VAGINA: A NEW BIOGRAPHY
An astonishing work that radically reframes how we think about, talk about and understand the vagina – and consequently, how we understand women – from Naomi Wolf, one of our most respected cultural critics and thinkers, author of the modern classic, The Beauty Myth. A medical crisis resulted in sending Naomi Wolf on an unexpected journey – to tease out the link between sexuality and creativity.She discovered, much to her own astonishment, an increasing body of scientific evidence that suggests that the vagina has a fundamental connection to female consciousness. Exhilarated and emboldened by these new discoveries, she considers what a sexual relationship – and a relationship to the self – transformed by these insights could look like. And explores what women really need. Vagina: a New Biography combines rigorous science explained for lay readers, with cultural history and deeply felt considerations of the role of female desire in female identity, creativity and confidence. Provocative and engaging, positive and inspiring this book, about female impulses, history and dreams goes to the very core of what it means to be a woman.
THE F WORD
If there’s one piece of invaluable advice for women and girls of all ages, it is that there is nothing more important than creating and maintaining strong, positive and happy friendships with other women.
In a culture that largely pits women against each other, I want to celebrate female friendships… all strings attached!
If my 1998 diary is anything to go by, female friendships are incredibly complex and emotional but they’re the mini love stories that make us who we are. For many women, friends are our partners in crime through life; they are the ones who move us into new homes, out of bad relationships, through births and illnesses. In The F Word I’ve set out to explore and celebrate the essence of female friendship at different life stages and in its many wild and wonderful forms.
MISCARRIAGE: WHAT EVERY WOMAN NEEDS TO KNOW
A fully revised and updated edition of the definitive account of the causes, prevention and treatment of miscarriage
One in four pregnancies ends in miscarriage – it is the most common complication of pregnancy and also one of the least understood. Professor Lesley Regan is the first woman to hold a chair on obstetrics and gynaecology in the country and for the past decade she has worked to establish the biggest miscarriage clinic in the world.
This book gives up-to-date information on the many causes of miscarriage and the latest treatments available. It covers the chances of a successful pregnancy, how to prepare for and cope with the next pregnancy, infertility, and gives answers to the most commonly asked questions on the subject of miscarriage. Revised and updated to take account of the latest developments in the study of miscarriage, this book is the book everyone who has ever suffered a miscarriage will need.
SHRILL: NOTES FROM A LOUD WOMAN
Women are told, from birth, that it’s our job to be small: physically small, small in our presence, and small in our impact on the world. We’re supposed to spend our lives passive, quiet and hungry. I want to obliterate that expectation…’
Guardian columnist Lindy West wasn’t always loud. It’s difficult to believe she was once a nerdy, overweight teen who wanted nothing more than to be invisible. Fortunately for women everywhere, along the road she found her voice – and how she found it! That cripplingly shy girl who refused to make a sound, somehow grew up to be one of the loudest, shrillest, most fearless feminazis on the internet, making a living standing up for what’s right instead of what’s cool.
In Shrill, Lindy recounts how she went from being the butt of people’s jokes, to telling her own brand of jokes – ones that carry with them with a serious message and aren’t at someone else’s expense. She reveals the obstacles and stereotyping she’s had to overcome to make herself heard, in a society that doesn’t think women (especially fat women and feminists) are or can be funny.
She also tackles some of the most burning issues of popular culture today, taking a frank and provocative look at racism, oppression, fat-shaming, twitter-trolling and even rape culture, unpicking the bullshit and calling out unpalatable truths with conviction, intelligence and a large dose of her trademark black humour.
HALF THE SKY
Pulitzer Prize-winning reporting team, husband and wife Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, take us on a journey through Africa and Asia to meet an extraordinary array of exceptional women struggling against terrible circumstances. More girls have been killed in the last fifty years, precisely because they are girls, than men were killed in all the wars of the twentieth century combined. More girls are killed in this routine ‘gendercide’ in any one decade than people were slaughtered in all the genocides of the twentieth century.
In the nineteenth century, the central moral challenge was slavery. In the twentieth, it was totalitarianism. In the twenty-first, Kristof and WuDunn demonstrate, it will be the struggle for gender equality in the developing world. Fierce, moral, pragmatic, full of amazing stories of courage and inspiration, HALF THE SKY is essential reading for every global citizen.
CAN WE ALL BE FEMINISTS?
“The intersectional feminist anthology we all need to read” (Bustle), edited by a remarkable and inspiring nineteen-year-old activist who the BBC named one of 100 “inspirational and influential women” of 2016.
Why is it difficult for so many women to fully identify with the word “feminist”? How do our personal histories and identities affect our relationship to feminism? Why is intersectionality so important? Can a feminist movement that doesn’t take other identities like race, religion, or socioeconomic class into account even be considered feminism? How can we make feminism more inclusive?
THE WOMANS BOOK
Have you ever wondered:
oHow to deliver a baby?
oHow to put up a tent in the dark?
oHow to buy a swimming costume?
oHow to decide whether or not accept a marriage proposal?
Or have you grappled with the thorny issues of the etiquette of group sex, where to sit dysfunctional family members at a wedding, or how to say ‘Please’, ‘Thank you’ and ‘Would you like to dance?’ in thirty different languages?
Have you found yourself lost for words at a dinner party, or struggling to remember Kate Moss’s boyfriends – and the haircuts she had while she was with them – or wanting to know the ingredients of a lipstick or the central premises of the world’s main religions? Then look no further. The answers to all these questions, and more, lie within the pages of this book.
The Woman’s Book is the definitive distillation of current wisdom for the modern woman. It is a celebration of all things female: a delightful cornucopia of essential facts, figures, diagrams, lists, pie charts, quotes and practical advice that deserves a place in every handbag, backpack or Birkin.
THE ME IN THE MIRROR
Writer activist and artist Connie Panzarino was born in 1947 with the rare disease Spinal Muscular Atrophy Type III formerly called Amytonia Congenita. Throughout a childhood filled with both pain and joy she strove to define herself: “I knew I was different. Now I had a name for the difference like being Italian or Jewish. I was an Amytonia. I didn’t understand if that meant that I would never walk or if all it meant was lack of muscle tone. I didn’t know that most children with this disease die before they’re five years old.”
In this deeply moving and eloquent memoir Connie Panzarino describes her decades of struggle and triumph her relationships with family members and long-time lover Ron Kovic (author of Born on the Fourth of July) her eventual turn to lesbianism and her years of pioneering work in the disability rights movement.
Filled with spirit passion and defiance The Me In The Mirror tells the story of a remarkable life.>