It's a year of excellent dystopia and speculative fiction written by and about women, which isn't going anywhere – and why would it? It's only natural that novelists are thinking about reproductive rights and the environment and how things could go wrong, and we're here for it. At the same time, in the nonfiction realm, both the number of books – and the sales – about extraordinary women that history has forgotten, as well as stories of sexual harassment and rape culture, are on the astronomical rise.
Every day is International Women's Day in our book. Nevertheless, a bunch of fantastic titles are being released to coincide with the date – so here are some of our favourites in no particular order.More
After the US House of Representatives passed a
ban to criminalise all abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, and the dismay
that followed, author Leni Zumas's fierce new novel is, as they say, necessary
and so of the moment – as well as excellent.
Imagining a not-so unbelievable world where
abortion is illegal in America, in-vitro fertilisation is banned, and the
Personhood Amendment grants rights of life, liberty, and property to every
embryo, Red Clocks follows five Oregon-based women challenging the
status quo. If you loved Naomi Alderman's The Power and couldn't stop
binge-watching (or re-reading) The Handmaid's Tale last year, this is
your go-to book in 2018 to question what it means to be a woman.
Chloe Caldwell, famous for her raw, honest and
hilarious essays, which led the that
"her trademark 'oversharing' have made her one of the most endearing and
exciting writers of a generation", published this perfect novella in the States
in 2014, and it's finally being released in the UK.
Women is about women who are sexually confused, lonely, questioning their
identities, and just a little messed up – like all of us. And it's a sensual
and stimulating love story between two women. It feels like a great late-night
conversation with a friend and a bottle of wine, and it is the perfect
read-in-one-sitting book of the season.
I've been pushing this book on
everyone I know. Science is of course GREAT, in caps, but it isn't free from
prejudice, and it has often been used as an excuse to push sexist policies.
Angela Saini challenges a lot of our beliefs and preconceptions about women and men (are women more nurturing than men? Are men
more promiscuous? Are we biologically different?) and speaks to the scientists
working today exploring the truth about women's actual power. The good news is,
having more women in science is changing how science is done.