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Phenomenal Women

We’ve long been committed to promoting women who write, and as this year sees the anniversary of some of the landmark moments on the path to gender equality it felt like the perfect time to do something really big. In that spirit, we’re extremely proud to present Phenomenal Women, our year-long celebration of great books by great women. Throughout the year each of our shops (and our website too) will host revolving displays made up of women writers from across a range of genres and subject areas. Every month we're also choosing one modern classic to offer at half-price, by way of an introduction to an author's body of work.

So, go on: read a Phenomenal Woman today.

 

July's Featured Titles

Phenomenal Half Price Book of the Month

Purple Hisbiscus

 

In Purple Hibsicus we follow Kambili's life as the fifteen-year-old daughter of a deeply religious father, who sets extremely rigid rules in the household in the name of God. When invited to spend the holidays at her aunt's house, Kambili and her brother are faced with a reality they never knew existed, one full of colour, laughter and warmth. With this debut Adichie shows us the heart-breaking reality of fanaticism and fundamentalism, its violent nature and the strength and silence involved in surviving in this environment. But she also offers love, hope and freedom, making this a story that will stay with you for a long time after you have finished the book.

Sofia, Design Team

£8.99 Buy now for £4.49

 

Phenomenal New Books of the Month

 

Slay in Your LaneSlay in Your Lane by Yomi Adegoke and Elizabeth Uviebinené

Slay in Your Lane is an inspirational guide to contemporary life for black British women, full of practical advice from some of the most successful black women in the country. Created by best friends Yomi Adegoke and Elizabeth Uviebinené, it's an essential and long-awaited read.

'Being black and British, people know our parents are from somewhere else before we even open our mouths. Or if not our parents, our grandparents. Or great grandparents. We are tattooed with our otherness. We are hypervisible in predominantly white spaces, but somehow, we often remain unseen. Growing up, I felt keenly the dearth of visible black British women in the stories our society consumed and it made me feel all sorts of things."

Yomi Adegoke, from the Introduction to Slay in Your Lane

Read more from the creators of Slay in Your Lane on our blog.

A Life of My OwnA Life of My Own by Claire Tomalin

An outstanding biographer, Claire Tomalin turns her attention to her own life in this vivid and frank autobiography. It's a fascinating insight into her craft as well as into the social and cultural world in which she made her way.

One of the great chroniclers of literary lives of our times, Claire Tomalin here turns her keen biographical eye on herself, reliving the epic journeys she’s taken through some of history’s greatest minds, and exploring her own quite extraordinary and eventful life. For years Tomalin has given grateful readers access to the likes of Charles Dickens, Jane Austen and Thomas Hardy, and it feels utterly fitting that she join their ranks, as the subject of one of her penetrating and compelling accounts.

Ed, Charing Cross Road

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