Celebrating International Women’s Day: 10 Non-Fiction Books by Women

Posted on 2014/03/08 , tagged as cordelia fine, gretchen reynolds, introducing, kitty ferguson, maryanne wolf, nessa carey, thalma lobel, tona rosenberg, victoria williamson

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As it’s International Women’s Day, we wanted to celebrate by featuring some of our female authors. Women are often underrepresented as non-fiction authors and opinion-influences, but some of our most successful, exciting and innovative books are written by women, so here’s ten of our non-fiction books by women!

The Epigenetics Revolution: How Modern Biology is Rewriting Our Understanding of Genetics, Disease and Inheritance by Nessa Carey – ‘a book that would have had Darwin swooning’ (Guardian) – traces the thrilling path this discipline has taken over the last twenty years.

You Are the Music: How Music Reveals What it Means to Be Human by Victoria Williamson, is a brilliant new work – just published this month – that will delight music lovers of every persuasion as music psychologist Victoria Williamson examines our relationship with music across the whole of a lifetime.

Delusions of Gender: The Real Science Behind Sex Differences by Cordelia Fine is a vehement attack on the pseudo-scientific claims about the differences between the sexes, recently shortlisted for the Warwick Prize for Writing 2013 and described by the Huffington Post as ‘a pinnacle piece of feminist literature’.

A Mind of Its Own: How Your Brain Distorts and Deceives by Cordelia Fine, shows the science behind the amazing ways your brain tricks you in everyday life.

Pythagoras: His Lives and the Legacy of a Rational Universe by Kitty Ferguson – ‘a valuable and inspiring read’ (Independent) – is the story of Pythagoras and the Pythagoreans, whose insights transformed the ancient world and still inspire the realms of science, mathematics, philosophy and the arts.

The First 20 Minutes: The Surprising Science of How We Can Exercise Better, Train Smarter and Live Longer by Gretchen Reynolds – ‘the new fitness bible for the modern age’ (Dan Coyle, author of The Talent Code) – is an innovative guide to getting fit using cutting-edge science.

Introducing Feminism: A Graphic Guide by Cathia Jenainati is an invaluable reference book for anyone seeking the story of how feminism reconfigured the world for women and men alike.

Join the Club: How Peer Pressure Can Transform the World by Tina Rosenberg is a groundbreaking book that will change the way you look at the world – the story of a new kind of social revolution which has transformed the lives of millions.

Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain by Maryanne Wolf is ‘an inspiring celebration of the science of reading’ (P.D. Smith, Guardian) examining how the elasticity of our brains helps and hinders humans in their attempts to learn to read, and to process the written language.

Sensation: The New Science of Physical Intelligence by Thalma Lobel, published next month, will change for ever the way you think about the psychological impact of the outside world. ‘Thalma Lobel’s research is among the most innovative in psychology’ (Dan Ariely, author of Predictably Irrational).

What are your favourite non-fiction books written by women?