2018 has been great year in many ways. It has seen a Royal Wedding, a glorious heatwave, and much more. But it has also brought us all kinds of brilliant books, a hell of a lot which have been by feminists, for feminists.
From memoirs to manifestos, novels to non-fiction, here are 11 of the best girl power books to buy for your friend/sister/mum/everyone you know this Christmas.
This beautiful poetry collection contains 150 poems which have one thing in common: they’re all written by women. Spanning from well-known verse from Maya Angelou and Emily Dickinson all the way to bold contemporary voices, this bedside table book is all kinds of powerful.
Written by four very funny women – namely Brooke Preston, Caitlin Kunkel, Carrie Wittmer and Fiona Taylor – this is a satirical book of stories about what really satisfies women (Promotions! Equal pay! Being recognised for your work!). Both amusing and energising, it’s the perfect stocking filler.
It’s only taken us until now to realise that fairy tales have the patriarchy written all over them. That’s why O’Neill has taken the classic story of the Little Mermaid into her hands and re-imagined it through a feminist lens. The result? A novel that’s a lot more inspiring than the original tale.
Probably the most hotly anticipated book of the year that became an instant bestseller (no surprises there), the former First Lady’s memoir is next-level inspiring. It should be sitting on the bookshelf of everyone know.
Subtitled ‘The Pioneers, Revolutionaries and Geniuses Your History Teacher Forgot to Mention’, this wonder by broadcast journalist Cathy Newman needs to be a set text in every school. Written with wit and packed with fascinating insight, it’s a compendium of women who’ve made incredible contributions in every field, but have been airbrushed out of history – until now.
Probably one of the most talked about books of this year, Dolly Alderton’s much-loved and best-selling memoir has the most important overarching message: cherish the women in your life, because female friendship trumps all.
Feel like you’re always the one who remembers to defrost the chicken, call family members on their birthdays and put the wash on? Then you, my friend, are carrying the ‘mental load’, meaning you’re doing the emotional labour in your couple. Gift this book, fully titles ‘Fed Up: Navigating and Redefining Emotional Labour For Good’, to anyone who agrees.
A novel which unpicks and analyses the feminist movement while also being brilliantly entertaining, clever and funny, this needs to be on any woman’s to-read-list.
Edited by Scarlett Curtis, this book is brimming with essays and insights from all of our favourite feminists – from Adwoa Aboah to Jameela Jamil; Keira Knightley to Saoirse Ronan. It’s a brilliant rallying call to all young women.