We are celebrating International Women’s Day with a special book club only featuring books by women who rule! Everyone at Smith Goodfellow has put forward their favourite female authors and books written by awesome women.
Check back each week during March to see our recommendations, and follow our #WomenInPrint Book Club on our Instagram.
Owen recommends ‘The Suffragettes’ – by Penguin ‘Little Black Classics’
A very interesting little collection of newspaper articles, leaflets, posters and legal documents surrounding the Suffrage movement in the UK. The book is split into sufferage, anti-sufferage and Victory, all for £1.
‘Once they are aroused, once they are determined, nothing on earth and nothing in heaven will make women give way; it is impossible.’ The first page set the tone.
Adrian recommends ‘The Descendants’ – by Kaui Hart Hemmings
Hemming’s debut novel tells the story of Matt King a successful attorney and descendant of Hawaiian royalty. As the largest shareholder Matt is faced with the dilemma of what to do with the large amount of land he and his family has inherited from his ancestors. He feels pressure from his cousins to sell the land to real estate developers. However, this would be relinquishing the last portion of land in Hawaii owned by native Hawaiians.
When his adrenaline seeking wife, Joanie, suffers from a speedboat accident which leaves her in an irreversible coma, Matt is forced to confront his shortcomings within his personal life. He must look after his two emotionally estranged and troubled teenage daughters and deliver the news to his family’s wife that she is about to be taken off life support.
A confrontation with his oldest daughter, A recovering drug addict and model, leads to the revelation that Matts wife had been having an affair which spurs him to go in search of his wife’s lover in order to deliver the news.
The Descendants is a darkly comic novel which explores themes of Identity, race and family.
Kelly recommends ‘I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings’ – by Maya Angelou
This is such a beautifully written book. Stunning, heart-breaking, enlightening… a stroll, sometimes stumble, sometimes dance through Maya’s life as a child right up to the point of finding out she was going to be a mother. It covers her experiences growing up in a fractured family unit, racism, education, poverty, sexual abuse… She also discusses meeting her role models. Such a wonderfully strong and smart woman!
No book list on inspiring and influential women would be complete without some Maya!
Jodie recommends ‘The Yellow Wallpaper’ – by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
The Yellow Wallpaper is a short story from 1892. Written as a series of journal entries by a woman who has been prescribed ‘the rest cure’, is an unsettling look at people’s attitudes towards women’s health, both mental and physical. It was one of the first texts to really make me think about how women are represented in literature, and how they represent themselves.
This isn’t just my favourite book by a woman, but my favourite book!
Paul recommends ‘Woman on The Edge of Time’, by Marge Piercy
When you think of Sci-Fi, you probably think of bug-eyed monsters, lasers and Marty McFly lopping off Mr. Spock’s ears with the Tardis. But this is not that kind of science fiction. Instead of jetpacks and laser battles, ‘Woman on the Edge of Time’ has gender equality; instead of a pill containing a full day’s nutrition, it has equal distribution of resources.
I recommend this book as it is one of the most intellectual Sci-Fi book I’ve ever read!