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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
Just Kids (Paperback)
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
Rebecca Skloot
 
The internationally bestselling story of a young woman whose death in 1951 changed medical science for ever ...
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Marie Antoinette
Marie Antoinette (Paperback)
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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Nina Simone: The Biography
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 ...
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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Nomad: A Personal Journey Through the...
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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Eleanor of Aquitaine: By the Wrath of...
Alison Weir
 
Eleanor, Duchess of Aquitaine was one of the leading personalities of the Middle Ages, and also one of the most controversial. Having inherited a vast feudal domain stretching from the...
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Significant Sisters: The Grassroots ...
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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Race Against Time
Race Against Time (Paperback)
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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The Female Eunuch
The Female Eunuch (Paperback)
Germaine Greer
 
A new cover re-issue of the ground-breaking, worldwide bestselling feminist tract.
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The Year of Magical Thinking
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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Vivienne Westwood
Vivienne Westwood (Paperback)
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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Annie Leibovitz at Work
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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The Vagina Monologues
Eve Ensler
 
A phenomenon: a play that has changed thousands of lives and inspired a dynamic new women's movement With a foreword by Gloria Steinem
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Unbowed: My Autobiography
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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Reborn: Early Diaries 1947-1963
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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