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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
 
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Reborn: Early Diaries 1947-1963
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Susan Sontag
 
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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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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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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Nomad: A Personal Journey Through the...
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Ayaan Hirsi Ali
 
A vivid memoir telling the story of Hirsi Ali's life in America as she reconciles the contradictions of her Islamic past and her enlightenment beliefs
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A Russian Diary: With a Foreword by...
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Anna Politkovskaya; Jon Snow
 
Covering the period from the Russian parliamentary elections of December 2003 to the tragic aftermath of the Beslan school siege in late 2005, this title is an unflinching record of...
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Unbowed: My Autobiography
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Wangari Maathai
 
Presents a story, spanning different worlds and changing times, and revealing what the courage, determination, tenacity and humour of one good woman can achieve; how as small a thing as...
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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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Animals in Translation: The Woman Who...
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Temple Grandin
 
A groundbreaking book from one of the world's most celebrated animal scientists that will revolutionise our understanding of how animals think and feel
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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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Marie Antoinette
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Antonia Fraser
 
The major movie about the legendary French queen, directed by Sofia Coppola, is based on this book by bestselling historian Antonia Fraser.
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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 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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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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