For Women's History Month we are highlighting incredible women in different industries with the hopes that they will inspire other women like they inspire us. We have previously showcased incredible women in the music industry, which you can read and listen to here. The team at Apéro loves sharing what we are reading and this time we wanted to shine the light on some inspiring female authors who have written some incredible novels; here are a few that we love.
I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai
‘I am Malala,’ is a true story of a girl standing up for what she believes in; education. When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, Malala fought for her right (and all boy and girl's right) to an education. Now the youngest Nobel Peace Prize winner, Malala’s powerful story continues to inspire change.
GirlBoss by Sophia Amoruso
‘GirlBoss’ follows the journey of Sophia Amoruso, a high school dropout taking on one odd job to another before following her passion and building a multi-million dollar fashion business at 22. This book has inspired many people around the world, so much so that Girlboss has also been turned into a Netflix series.
Your Own Kind of Girl by Clare Bowditch
‘Your Own Kind of Girl’ is a memoir of Clare Bowditch, ARIA winning Australian singer and actress. We learn how difficulties with Clare’s ‘inner critic’ have led her to embodying a woman who now truly owns her power. Clare lays bare her truth in the hope that doing so will inspire anyone who's ever had a battle with their inner critic. This is the work of a woman who has found her true power - and wants to pass it on. Happiness, we discover, is only possible when we take charge of the stories we tell ourselves.
Rabbit by Patricia Williams
‘Rabbit’ is a memoir of Patricia Williams, a comedian by the name of Ms. Pat who was for long time known on the streets as Rabbit. Patricia has made a name for herself despite difficult early beginnings in Atlanta, surviving gang violence and poverty. Rabbit explores real world themes of the life of some of America’s marginalised communities and how resilience, determination, and the transformative power of love can be the light at the end of the tunnel.
Love by Zoë Foster Blake
‘Love’ by Aussie Author, Zoë Foster Blake, provides big sister kind of advice and a fresh perspective on love and relationships. A topic that is not bound by a right or wrong way, this read of funny and authentic advice interweaves messages of self love and empowerment. Zoë nails this book on love - loving yourself, loving your life and the journey to love. Plus her bright graphics and wicked sense of humour make this a book that you can’t help but enjoy reading.
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
Little Fires Everywhere explores the weight of secrets, the nature of art and identity, the ferocious pull of motherhood, and the danger of believing that following the rules can avert disaster.
Educated by Tara Westover
This book is a confronting yet empowering memoir detailing Tara Westover’s experience growing up in an extremist mormon family. She was not allowed to attend school and was made to work in her father’s dangerous scrap yard from a very young age. Despite her radical and seemingly damaging upbringing she discovered the power of education as well as the price she had to pay for it.
Sold by Zana Muhsen
Aged 15 and 13 respectively, Zana Muhsen and her sister left Birmingham to visit relatives in North Yemen, but discovered that their father had sold them into marriage and slavery. Unlike her sister, Zana managed to escape, and this is her account of eight years of misery and humiliation. This novel is confronting however important to gain more perspective on hardships that others face, as slavery and arranged marriages are unfortunately still prevalent in many countries around the globe.