International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day is a global celebration of the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women’s equality.

This International Women’s Day we are thrilled to be highlighting some remarkable women writers that HQ have published.

Vox by Christina Dalcher

‘There is so much going on in this book, it truly is a conversation starter’
– JeanzBookReadNReview

‘A tale about the strength of women everywhere and a reminder that oppression can be fought, even through the smallest acts’
– Lost in the Pages


A Woman is No Man by Etaf Rum

‘A poignant contemporary read about empowering women’
– Cheryl M-M’s Book Blog

‘It is about the strength women possess in order to provide for their family and make the best of their lives … Incredible and moving’
– Sissi Reads


Brave Not Perfect by Reshma Saujani

‘Inspiring and humbling and brave but definitely not perfect – here’s to real, kind, intelligent women!’
– Luci (Netgalley)


Give Birth Like a Feminist by Milli Hill

‘Everyone should read it and look at the experience of childbirth through a feminist lens’
– Ricki Lake


Diversify by June Sarpong

‘In a world where the extremes are increasingly becoming acceptable, where we’re striving for inclusion and yet creating separation, June Sarpong’s Diversify offers a new way to challenge ourselves, a new way to consider alternative points of view, a tangible way to connect us. Because inclusion is better for everyone’
 – Lisa Milton (Executive Publisher)


Period by Emma Barnett

‘Both absolutely hilarious and also incredibly informative and empowering’
– Another Book to Read


Staunch by Eleanor Wood

‘Eleanor writes with such purpose and power. Staunch is a beautifully honest and vibrant memoir that every woman should read’
– Katrina Smedley (Campaign Manager)

Staunch is such a brilliant celebration of rising above adversity and your most challenging moments that I’ve already gifted it to two Staunch ladies in my life’
– Rebecca Fortuin (Audio Editor)


Flex by Annie Auerbach

‘As we navigate our lives, many women need and want more flexibility. Flexibility at home, at work, in our leisure time, in every aspect of our lives. Annie Auerbach’s Flex helps us to think about how to change the status quo of 9 – 5 working, how to futureproof our working practises and how to navigate the new normal. Pioneering, accessible and forward-thinking, Annie helps us to understand that women have many more choices than we realise’
– Lisa Milton (Executive Publisher)


Validate Me by Charley Cox

‘Charly Cox writes in a way that is powerful, moving but also like chatting to your best friend at the bar. Be ready to laugh and cry’
– Imie Kent-Muller (Marketing Intern)


Roaring Girls by Holly Kyte

Roaring Girls shines a light on history’s forgotten heroines. Holly Kyte writes with flair and finesse in this empowering collection of stories’
– Becca Joyce (Marketing Assistant)

‘These women will intrigue you and stun you with their bravery and tenacity’
– Little Red Library


A Woman of Firsts by Edna Adan Ismail

‘This inspirational memoir by midwife and campaigner Edna Adan Ismail tells the story of a life lived with incredible purpose, wisdom and achievement. An extraordinary woman!’
– Claire Brett (Head of Marketing)

‘Edna Adan Ismail is often called the Muslim Mother Theresa. Edna has dedicated her whole life to helping women. Whether improving practises for childbirth, training midwives, building a hospital or campaigning to end FGM, Edna selflessly champions women and their causes’
– Lisa Milton (Executive Publisher)


The Gatekeeper by Kate Fall

‘An inspiring and illuminating account of what it’s really like for a woman working in politics at the highest level’
– Janet Aspey (Marketing Manager)


Hitting a Straight Lick with a Crooked Stick by Zora Neale Hurston

‘A dazzling collection of short stories that shines renewed light on Neale Hurston’s timeless writing’

Melissa Kelly (Campaign Manager)


Attack of the Fifty Foot Woman Woman by Catherine Mayer

On international women’s day, I would like to celebrate journalist, author, Co-founder of the Women’s Equality Party and Primadonna, Catherine Mayer. Catherine epitomises the essence of this celebration. She is brave, fearless, strong and dedicates herself to helping change the course of women’s lives for the better. Everything she does is for others. Attack of the Fifty Foot Woman is a book I was born to publish, it is an in-depth look at equality, sharing how and why we need to make changes. It is the book I think every woman should read, the book we should put into every 18-year-old woman’s hands. This is a clarion call for change and sets out a path to achieve it’
– Lisa Milton (Executive Publisher)

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