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A look inside Vogue's 100th year, Hilary Mantel's pre-Wolf Hall novel and wisdom from Nora Ephron

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A look inside Vogue's 100th year, Hilary Mantel's pre-Wolf Hall novel and wisdom from Nora Ephron

  • Jo Morrell is reading… The Female Lead by Edwina Dunn

    This beautiful and incredibly well-researched trove captures 60 striking images and inspiring stories from everyone from Meryl Streep to Christine Lagarde, Franchesca Ramsey to Mhairi Black, Nimco Ali to Maggie Aderin-Pocock. This is a non-profit project to make women's stories more visible and inspire the next generation. Last week, 18,000 copies were given away to school children at the launch. You can order it on Amazon or request a free copy to be sent to your local school on the website in the spirit of #payitforward  • BUY The Female Lead on Amazon or pop into your local bookshop.

  • Sam Baker is listening to… Inside Vogue: A Diary of My 100th Year by Alexandra Shulman

    At the moment I’m judging the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction, but when I don’t have my nose in one of the many brilliant (and quite intense!) novels on my list, I’m listening to this entertaining and surprisingly honest description of life in both the magazine and fashion industries. Obviously I have a vested interest, having spent twenty-odd years of my own life there too - yes! She hates those interminable industry dinners too! Her boiler breaks down every other week too! - but even if you don’t, Shulman’s wit, frankness, warmth and sheer humanity will disarm you. Shame a few more people in the fashion industry aren't like her. • BUY Inside Vogue: A Diary of My 100th Year on Amazon.

  • Amy Jones is listening to… Animal by Sara Pascoe

    I've been listening to this on audiobook for a few months. I took it slowly because this is the kind of book that you need to sit down and have a good long think about after each chapter. Pascoe looks at human beings like they are animals, focusing on how evolution and the way our bodies work has informed the way society us today. It looks at things like relationships and why our body's desire to raise healthy babies means that the most common time for a couple to get divorced is after four years, at why the invention of mirrors and cameras is the only reason we're body conscious, and at why consent laws desperately need to be changed, but all with Pascoe's light-hearted touch and jokes. It's an enjoyable but incredibly thought-provoking read. • BUY Animal on Amazon.

  • Lynn Enright is reading… An Experiment in Love by Hilary Mantel

    Long before she wrote Wolf Hall, Mantel wrote this novel about a group of female first-year university students in the 1970s. An exploration of female friendship that touches on eating disorders, women’s reproductive rights and the uselessness of young men, it is ferociously clever, courageously bleak and very funny.  • BUY An Experiment In Love on Amazon or pop into your local bookshop.

  • Alexandra Haddow is reading… Nora Ephron: The Last Interview and Other Conversations by Nora Ephron

    This book will take you less time than the average British train journey to read, and will impart more wisdom onto you than most other books ever could. Every answer from Ephron in the three interviews featured reveals her writing tips, her inspiration, and her refreshingly blunt but brilliantly true views on life, love, and ageing. I think I'd have been scared of her if I'd met her in real life, but in a good way. • BUY Nora Ephron: The Last Interview and Other Conversations on Amazon or pop into your local bookshop.

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