Friendship and support are two key themes that have emerged from Margo Lanagan, Josephine Moon and Rebecca Starford‘s posts for International Women’s Day, so we’ve got great book suggestions to help celebrate these themes, as well as stories of strong and inspiring women!
As well as Margo, Josephine and Rebecca’s books, we’re throwing in some inspirational and empowering books for younger readers, with Samantha Turnbull’s Anti-Princess Club. Featuring four no-nonsense girls who are fed up of being stereotyped, they form their own gang with the slogan “We don’t need rescuing!”.
Find out more about the Anti-Princess Club here and read a great interview with Samantha about how and why the series came about. You can also read her piece for Mamamia on why you shouldn’t buy your daughter a tiara.
Cat’s book We Are Here tells the story of how her family fled Vietnam and survived an arduous journey through Cambodia and Thailand to arrive in Australia as refugees, where further challenges awaited them in establishing a life here. You can read an extract of Cat’s book here and hear her talk to Radio National’s Life Matters here.
Daughter of the Territory tells Jacqueline’s epic story of love and adventure in the wilds of the Northern Territory, as her determination and courage helped her survive many hardships.
More outback women’s stories come in the form of fiction with an early copy of Fleur McDonald’s Emerald Springs, who always writes strong female characters and this time her protagonist is faced with a fight to clear her name after she is the victim of a terrifying smash and grab.
The final book in our prize pack, and not pictured as it hasn’t reached our shores yet, is the brilliant Girls Uninterrupted by Tanith Carey, which explains how to raise strong girls in the age of everyday sexism. Whether a parent or not, this is an important read about what it means to be female and how girls can grow up to be strong, confident women.
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Further great reading on International Women’s Day
As well as our suggestions, Apple are running a great promotion for International Women’s Day, entitled Great Women, Great Books featuring a number of incredible stories of great women such as The ANZAC Girls by Peter Rees, An Outback Nurse by Thea Hayes and Hope in a Ballet Shoe by .
Hope in a Ballet Shoe tells how Michaela DePrince went from war-torn Sierra Leone to the US and dancing for the Dutch National Ballet, in a heartwrenching and life-affirming true story of a young girl orphaned by war and saved by ballet.
An Outback Nurse tells of how Thea Hayes trained as a nurse in Sydney in 1959, but was was catapulted out of the safety of her city life into the unknown world of the outback. A story of growing up, falling in love and finding your home.
The ANZAC Girls by Peter Rees is the harrowing, dramatic and profoundly moving story of the Australian and New Zealand nurses who served in the Great War, recently made famous in an ABC adaptation of his book The Other ANZACs.
Further IWD reading
If you haven’t already, read back through all the blog posts from our authors about International Women’s Day for some fascinating and thought provoking pieces from Margo Lanagan, Josephine Moon and Rebecca Starford, as well as last year’s posts on Inspirational Women of Literature.