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Books help me cope so here's a thread of books by women that have motivated me. I hope you find courage in their words, and solidarity.

A beautiful double biography of Mary Wollstonecraft and Mary Shelly. My all time favourite.

Gripping, precise prose on domestic violence. Trigger Warning.

Little Black Book
By Otegha Uwagba

For all your career questions and motivation! Especially for self-starters and creative freelancers.

Full of brilliant, inspiring women and is a must have for every bedside table. It's also pretty diverse.

A recent favourite of mine is Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud: The Rise and Reign of the Unruly Woman by Anne Helen Peterson. Includes all your problematic favs.

In a similar vein, I found myself unable to put down Angela Saini's Inferior. A well-researched book on an important subject.

Bad Feminist
By Roxane Gay

No feminist book list is complete without Roxane Gay. Bad Feminist is a great book and I absolutely can't wait to read Hunger.

Persepolis
By Marjane Satrapi

Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi is an eye-opening journey through the Iranian revolution and what it meant to be a girl in the midst of it.

Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi felt like I was meeting a long lost friend. A brilliant memoir, comforting, thought provoking.

On the topic of memoirs, can't forget Wild by Cheryl Strayed. A balm to an aching soul, full of beautiful poetry and insight.

Headscarves and Hymen by Mona Eltahawy is an important and urgent book on 'Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution'.

A Book of Untruths
By Miranda Doyle

Another memoir for the list: A Book of Untruths by Miranda Doyle. Published by Faber Books in June, it's filled with family secrets.

This is a time for selfcare and my go-to when I need to heal is alexandra elle. Neon Soul is EVERYTHING + check out the Hey Girl podcast!

Nasty Women
By 404 Ink

A breakthrough collection of the year: Nasty Women published by 404Ink. It's fair to say that the book changed me.

Looking for a comedy? I got you mate! It’s Hard to Be Hip Over Thirty by Judith Viorst, re-published by Persephone Books is a hilarious poetry collection.

The Folded Clock: A Diary
By Heidi Julavits

The Folded Clock: A Diary by Heidi Julavits is THE book if you want to forget your worries for a while and dive into someone else's.

The Hour Past Midnight by Salma is a unique look at Muslim Women in a conservative community in South India. It's a 5 star from me.

Are You My Mother?
By Alison Bechdel

Are You My Mother by Alison Bechdel is an intense examination of a mother-daughter relationship. It's also a beautiful graphic novel.

Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie SHOULD BE ON ALL LISTS. I can't recommend this slim volume high enough!

The Things I Would Tell You, edited by Sabrina Mahfouz is a brilliant anthology by Muslim Women and more importantly, it introduced me to Aisha Mirza's work.

Dead Babies and Seaside Towns by Alice Jolly is exactly what the title says it is. The book explores the silent language around miscarriages.

Girl Up
By Laura Bates

Girl Up by Laura Bates is a book I would wish on every teenage girl and grown woman.

Evening Primrose
By Kopano Matlwa

Originally published under the title 'Period Pain', this slim novel by Kopano Matlwa (out in July in the UK) is a must read.

Harmless Like You
By Rowan Hisayo Buchanan

Perfect number and book to end on: Harmless Like You by Rowan Hisayo Buchanan, a debut which has really captured the sharp waves of loneliness.

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