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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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A Russian Diary: With a Foreword by...
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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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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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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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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An Omelette and a Glass of Wine
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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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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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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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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