Marwood musing: Women

This week began with International Women's Day. A day set aside to celebrate the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. To hold on to this sentiment, amongst an otherwise emotionally charged week in the news, we have collated some books by women, that we wanted to share with you. We need to share inspiration, strength, vulnerability and loss, to empathise and grow. 

Book 1:
Between Words & Space
A collection of poetry and prose
Author: Péjú Oshin

First on the list is a newly published book of poetry and prose by 
British-Nigerian curator, writer and educator Péjú Oshin. Her voice in this book expresses love, loss, growth and freedom and is a truly intimate collection of beautiful words. 

Book 2:
The Year of Magical Thinking 
Author: Joan Didion

Second up is the legendary author Joan Didion's incredibly sad and soulful insight in to love and loss. The words on the back cover read 'Life changes fast. Life changes in the instant. You sit down to dinner and life as you know it ends'. For anyone experiencing loss or anyone wanting to connect with someone who may be in pain or mourning, this is a step closer perhaps. 

Book 3:
Dear Ijeawele
Author: Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche 

Finally, this book is described by the author as a feminist manifesto in fifteen suggestions. As it is Mother's Day in the UK on the 14th March, this one is the perfect 'ode to all mums'. Need a gift for a new mum raising a new daughter? This short but fruitful book offers 'compelling, direct, wryly funny and perceptive' suggestions, to empower a daughter to become a strong, independent woman. 

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