1. Amazing Disgrace – Grace Campbell
For as long as she can remember, Grace Campbell has been told that she doesn’t suit her name. But being graceful is no fun anyway. Growing up in a world of privilege and politics, she had a lot to feel confident about. But she was also a record-breaker when it came to feeling shame. Shame about sex, shame about rejection, shame about mental health.
But over time, and with a 24-carat gold dose of female friendship, Grace has turned shame into a defiant sense of self. At only 26, Grace has got a lot to learn about being an adult, but she’s already got a lot to share about being a disgrace, and how she came to be utterly, disgustingly, disgracefully proud of it.
2. On the Front Line with the Women Who Fight Back – Stacey Dooley
This book draws on Stacey’s encounters with the brave, wonderful women she has met over her career to explore the issues of gender equality, domestic violence, sexual identity and, at its centre, womanhood in the world today.
3. Dear NHS: 100 Stories to Say Thank You – Edited by Adam Kay
Dear NHS is comprised of 109 essays by celebrities and writers, on why they love the NHS; and how the doctors, nurses, anaesthetists, receptionists, cleaners, and just about every other role that makes up this great institution, are indispensable.
4. Why Social Media is Ruining Your Life – Katherine Omerod
From global influencers – who collectively have over 10 million followers – to clinical psychologists, plastic surgeons and professors, Katherine uncovers how our relationship with social media has rewired our behavioural patterns, destroyed our confidence and shattered our attention spans.
5. Ctrl, Alt; Delete: How I Grew Up Online – Emma Gannon
Ctrl Alt Delete is Emma’s painfully funny and timely memoir, in which she aims to bring a little hope to anybody who has played out a significant part of their life online. Her confessions, revelations and honesty may even make you log off social media (at least for an hour).
6. Women Don’t Owe You Pretty – Florence Given
Women Don’t Owe You Pretty is the ultimate book for anyone who wants to challenge the out-dated narratives supplied to us by the patriarchy. Through Florence’s story you will learn how to protect your energy, discover that you are the love of your own life, and realise that today is a wonderful day to dump them.
7. Invisible Women: Data Bias in a World Designed for Men – Caroline Criado Perez
Invisible Women shows us how, in a world largely built for and by men, we are systematically ignoring half the population. It exposes the gender data gap – a gap in our knowledge that is at the root of perpetual, systemic discrimination against women, and that has created a pervasive but invisible bias with a profound effect on women’s lives.
8. The Guilty Feminist: From Our Noble Goals to Our Worst Hypocrisies -Deborah Frances-White
In 2015 I described myself as ‘guilty feminist’ for the first time. My goals were noble but my concerns were trivial. I desperately wanted to close the pay gap, but I also wanted to look good sitting down naked. Deborah explores what it means to be a twenty-first century feminist, and encourages us to make the world better for everyone.
9. Feminists Don’t Wear Pink (and Other Lies) – Scarlett Curtis
Feminists Don’t Wear Pink and Other Lies is a collection of writing from extraordinary women, from Hollywood actresses to teenage activists, each telling the story of her personal relationship with feminism.
10. Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race – Reni Eddo-Lodge
The book that sparked a national conversation. Exploring everything from eradicated black history to the inextricable link between class and race, this is the essential handbook for anyone who wants to understand race relations in Britain today.
11. I Am Not Your Baby Mother – Candice Braithwaite
Candice started blogging about motherhood in 2016 after making the simple but powerful observation that the way motherhood is portrayed in the British media is wholly unrepresentative of our society at large. The result is this thought-provoking, urgent and inspirational guide to life as a black mother. It explores the various stages in between pregnancy and waving your child off at the gates of primary school, while facing hurdles such as white privilege, racial micro-aggression and unconscious bias at every point.
12. Sorry I’m late, I Didn’t Want to Come – Jessie Pan
What would happen if a shy introvert lived as an out-and-out extrovert for one year? This book follows Jess’ hilarious and painful year of misadventures in extroverting, reporting back from the frontlines for all the introverts out there.
13. Know My Name – Chanel Miller
Long known as ‘Emily Doe’, the survivor in the Brock Turner sexual assault case reclaims her identity to tell her story of trauma, transcendence, and the power of words.
14. A Bit of a Stretch: The Diaries of a Prisoner – Chris Atkins
White-collar criminal Chris Atkins’s account of his jail time exposes the dire state of our jails and justice policy.
15. Love Factually – Laura Mucha
Drawing on psychology, philosophy, anthropology and statistics, Love Factually combines evidence, theory and everyday experience and is the perfect read for anyone who is curious about how we think, feel and behave when it comes to love.