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This year's International Women's Day, on March 8th, is the 100th anniversary of a day originally devised to support women workers' rights. To mark the occasion, we've put together a selection of books by and about women who have left an indelible mark on the world. They include the autobiography of Kenyan Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai,Vanessa Collingridge's book on fearsome warrior queen Boudica and Claire Wilcox's appreciation of the work of fashion doyenne, Vivienne Westwood.

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Just Kids
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Patti Smith
Winner of the 2010 Non-Fiction National Book Award Patti Smith's evocative, honest and moving coming-of-age story of her extraordinary relationship with the artist Robert Mapplethorpe
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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
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Rebecca Skloot
 
The internationally bestselling story of a young woman whose death in 1951 changed medical science for ever ...
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Nina Simone: The Biography
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David Brun-Lambert
 
The epic story behind the composer of some of the best-known popular songs.
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Listening to Grasshoppers: Field ...
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Arundhati Roy
 
What happens once democracy has been used up? When it has been hollowed out and emptied of meaning? This title provides an exploration of the political picture in India. It...
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The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe
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J. Randy Taraborrelli
 
The major new biography by the bestselling J. Randy Taraborrelli, now in paperback.
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An Omelette and a Glass of Wine
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Elizabeth David
 
Offers 62 articles that explore food and cooking. This book features subjects that range from the story of how the author's own cookery writing began to accounts of some restaurants...
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The Mitford Girls: The Biography of ...
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Mary S. Lovell
 
A revealing - amusing and sad - biography of a unique family
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Boudica
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Vanessa Collingridge
 
Boudica has been immortalised throughout history as the woman who dared take on the Romans - an act of vengeance on behalf of her daughters, tribe and enslaved country. Her...
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Race Against Time
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Ellen MacArthur
 
Drawing on logs, emails, sound and video diaries, this illustrated book captures the drama, excitement, danger, joy and tears of Ellen MacArthur's effort to become the fastest person ever to...
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Significant Sisters: The Grassroots ...
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Margaret Forster
 
Traces the lives of eight women - Caroline Norton, Elizabeth Blackwell, Florence Nightingale, Emily Davies, Josephine Butler, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Margaret Sanger, Emma Goldman - each of whom pioneered vital...
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The Year of Magical Thinking
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Joan Didion
 
From one of America's iconic writers, a portrait of a marriage and a life - in good times and bad - that will speak to anyone who has ever loved...
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The Female Eunuch
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Germaine Greer
 
A new cover re-issue of the ground-breaking, worldwide bestselling feminist tract.
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Reborn: Early Diaries 1947-1963
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Susan Sontag; David Rieff
 
A selection from Susan Sontag's diaries (from 1947-1963) that takes us from early adolescence though to when Sontag was in her early thirties. It is an honest self-portrait which is...
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Annie Leibovitz at Work
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Annie Leibovitz
 
The most celebrated photographer of our time discusses portraiture, fashion photography, lighting, and digital cameras. Leibovitz describes how her pictures were made, starting with Richard Nixon's resignation and ending with...
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Vivienne Westwood
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Claire Wilcox
 
'You have a much better life if you wear impressive clothes', according to Vivienne Westwood. A global icon, Vivienne Westwood's career has spanned three decades from the early days of...
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Letters from Burma
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Aung San Suu Kyi
 
Reveals the impact of political decisions on the people of Burma, from the terrible cost to the children of imprisoned dissidents - allowed to see their parents for only fifteen...
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