It’s International Women’s Day! To celebrate, we’re rounding up some of the most inspirational female authors out there… take a peek at these must-read memoirs.
Inspired by the true story of a woman who changed the way we understand the world.
Set in 1993, three young, gifted anthropologists are thrown together in the jungle of New Guinea. They are; Nell Stone, fascinating, magnetic and famous for her controversial work studying South Pacific tribes, her intelligent and aggressive husband Fen, and Andrew Bankson, who stumbles into the lives of this strange couple and becomes totally enthralled. Within months the trio are producing their best ever work, but soon a firestorm of fierce love and jealousy begins to burn out of control, threatening their bonds, careers, and ultimately their lives.
The Bride of Science:
The much-acclaimed biography of Ada Lovelace, reissued to tie-in with the bicentenary of her birth in 2015.
Ada Lovelace, the daughter of Lord Byron was born in 1815 just after the Battle of Waterloo, and died aged 36, soon after the Great Exhibition of 1851. She was connected with some of the most influential and colourful characters of the age: Charles Dickens, Michael Faraday, Charles Darwin and Charles Babbage. It was her work with Babbage that led her to being credited with the invention of the computer programming and to her name being adopted for the programming language that controls the US military machine.
Queen of the Desert
Archaeologist, spy, Arabist, linguist, author, poet, photographer, mountaineer and national builder, Gertrude Bell was born in 1968 into a world of privilege and plenty, but she turned her back on all that for her passion for the Arab peoples, becoming the architect of the independent kingdom of Iraq and seeing its first king Faisal safely onto the throne in 1921. Queen of the Desert is her story, vividly told and impeccably researched, drawing on Gertrude’s own writings, both published and unpublished. [previously published as Daughter of the Desert, this is a compelling portrait of a woman who transcended the restrictions of her class, age and in doing so created a remarkable and enduring legacy.
The Spy Who Loved
The remarkable story of Krystyna Skarbek, aka Christine Granville, telling the secrets and lives of one of Britain’s bravest wartime heroines.
In June 1952, a woman was murdered by an obsessive colleague in a hotel in South Kensington. Her name was Christine Granville. That she died young was perhaps unsurprising, but that she had survived the Second World War was remarkable.
The daughter of a feckless Polish aristocratic and his wealthy Jewish wife, she would become one of Britain’s most daring and highly decorated secret agents. Having fled Poland on the outbreak of war, she was reunited by the intelligence services long before the establishment of the SOE, and took on mission after mission. She skied over hazardous High Tatras into Poland, served in Egypt and North Africa and was later parachuted into occupied France, where an agent’s life expectancy was only 6 weeks.
Her courage, quick wit and determination won her release from arrest more than once, and saved the lives of several fellow officers, including one of her many lovers, just hours before their execution. More importantly, perhaps the intelligence she gathered was a significant contribution to the allied war effort and her success was reflected in the fact that she was awarded the George Medal, the OBE and the Croix de Guerre.
From women’s rights to Wartime heroine and everything in-between, we hope you found your next read!