Celebrating International Women’s Day with Non-Fiction Books by Women

Posted on 2015/03/08 , tagged as Camden School for Girls, Helen Russell, Victoria Young, cordelia fine, gretchen reynolds, introducing, maryanne wolf, nessa carey, tanith carey, victoria williamson

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As it’s International Women’s Day, we wanted to celebrate by featuring some of our female authors. So, here are some of our most successful, exciting and innovative books written by women!


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, which the Independent on Sunday described as ‘[a] truly startling book…The hard data is illuminating, and engaging, but Fine manages a light touch throughout.’

Sciku: The Wonder of Science – in Haiku! by Students of the Camden School for Girls – What happens when you mix poetry, science and a whole lot of gumption? SCIKU of course! Now, who said girls can’t do science? Here are a few of the girls themselves to tell you more.

The Year of Living Danishly: Uncovering the Secrets of the World’s Happiest Country by Helen Russell explores a startling statistic: the happiest place on earth isn’t Disneyland, but Denmark, a land often thought of by foreigners as consisting entirely of long dark winters, cured herring, Lego and pastries. ‘Russell is possessed of a razor-sharp wit and a winning self-deprecation – two of the things that make this book such a delight.’ The Independent

Junk DNA: A Journey Through the Dark Matter of the Genome by Nessa Carey who explores, for the first time for a general audience, the incredible story behind a controversy that has generated unusually vituperative public exchanges between scientists. Watch Nessa explain why we need to get to grips with Junk DNA.

Things I Wish I’d Known: Women Tell the Truth About Motherhood edited by Victoria Young and published this month is a reassuring, moving and often hilarious collection that will speak to mothers – and mothers-to-be – everywhere, featuring writers including Cathy Kelly, Adele Parks, Kathy Lette and Lucy Porter (and many more).


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.

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.

You Are the Music: How Music Reveals What it Means to Be Human by Victoria Williamson, out now in paperback, will delight music lovers of every persuasion as music psychologist Victoria Williamson examines our relationship with music across the whole of a lifetime.

Girls Uninterrupted: Steps for Building Stronger Girls in a Challenging World by Tanith Carey shows the practical strategies you need to create a carefree childhood for your daughters and ultimately help build them into the healthy, resilient women they deserve to be.

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.