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Andrea Hannemann also known as Earthy Andy is a plant-based blogger and online content creator. After suffering from a myriad of health conditions including chronic stomach pains, digestive issues and IBS, Andy quickly became frustrated that the recommendations of different diets, supplements and medications only resulted in a short term fix. Andy realised that no-one would care as much about her health as she would, so she decided to dedicate her time and focus her energies on what she was putting into her body. It was then that Andy decided to trial a plant-based diet for 30 days to see if this made any difference. After living a plant based diet for 30 days, Andy’s skin issues cleared up, she felt more energised, and her chronic pains became a thing of the past. Andy now lives and advocates for a plant-based lifestyle, and chronicles her and her families journey online. Andy is currently working on her first book.
Gina Martin is a political activist, writer and law changer. Over the past 18 months, Gina has been campaigning to make upskirting (the act of taking a photo up someone’s skirt without their consent) an illegal offence. In February 2019, Gina will have single-handedly changed the law, making her the only single individual to directly change the law in recent history. Gina regularly writes for publications such as Grazia, Glamour, the Telegraph, and Refinery29 and speaks at Government events, panels and workshops as well as in schools and for charities such as Girlguiding. She’s also partnered with brands such as Nike, Ebay, Puma and Lazy Oaf where she advocates using social media for good, fighting for women’s rights and sustainability. Gina was named ‘One To Watch for 2018’ by Cosmopolitan as well as one of PORTER‘s ‘Incredible Women of the Year 2018’.
Be The Change: A Toolkit For The Activist In You
Be The Change is an essential handbook for the modern activist, whether your campaign is big or small, local or global… or somewhere in between. Publishing with Sphere on 13th June, Be The Change is available to pre-order now.
Without any legal or political experience, I changed the law and made upskirting illegal in eighteen months. But this book is not about changing the law. It’s not about me. This is yours. It’s your handbook, your road map and your toolkit for pushing for change at absolutely any level. From using social media to gain support and to getting pro-bono legal support, to regaining your confidence after a perceived ‘failure’ (hint: there is no such thing), I wrote this book to make sure you believe in your voice, feel ready to put yourself out there and know how to start making things happen. Because my god, if I can do it, so can you.
If you want to challenge injustice in your school, workplace or community; if you want to lend your voice – and more – to a charitable cause close to your heart; or if you are inspired to take on a complex issue on a massive scale, Gina Martin’s practical and empowering advice will give you the tools you need to ensure your voice is heard, your actions are noticed and your demands are met.
Praise for Gina Martin:
‘Gina is a total inspiration – an example of how one person CAN change things. Her passion, way with words and ability to make people wake up and care is incredible. Gina’s energy is infectious, and she continues to prove that anything is possible’ – EMMA GANNON, Sunday Times bestselling author of The Multi-Hyphen Method
‘Gina Martin is a force of nature; a living, breathing, campaigning example of how a single individual can bring about vital change in our justice system. Through sheer force of will, she managed to correct a serious flaw in the criminal law which saw victims of serious offences failed by the system that is supposed to protect them, smashing through the barriers that had frustrated lesser campaigners. My admiration for her courage and brilliance knows no bounds’ – THE SECRET BARRISTER, Sunday Times bestselling author of The Secret Barrister: Stories of the Law and How It’s Broken
Lotte Jeffs is a journalist who’s been published in the Independent, the Guardian, the Saturday Times, the Sunday Times, the Evening Standard, ES Magazine, High Life, ELLE and more. In 2016 Lotte won Writer of The Year at the Press and Publishing Association Awards and in 2017 was shortlisted for Columnist of the Year for her eponymous ELLE Magazine column Lotte’s Lexicon. Lotte has been a features writer and columnist for the past 15 years, with previous roles including Features Editor and Acting Deputy Editor of ES Magazine and Deputy Editor and Acting Editor in Chief of ELLE. Lotte is now Creative Director at global advertising agency Ogilvy and continues to write a column for the Evening Standard, in addition to writing for the national press and newspaper and magazine supplements. Photo credit: Brendan Fraser.
How to be a Gentlewoman: The Art of Soft Power in Hard Times
How to be a Gentlewoman is pitched as somewhere between the bestselling non-fiction Everything I Know About Love by Dolly Alderton, and Nora Ephron for the Trump-aghast world. It will present an antidote to the often brutal and aggressive conditions of modern life by asking the reader to embrace a way of being that has gentleness (to oneself and others) at its centre. Lotte’s first ever book weaves powerful memoir with practical advice and a psychological deep dive into what truly constitutes a meaningful and happy existence. It posits that it is engaging with others, being emotionally attuned, and deft both in negotiation and relationships that ultimately will help us to discover our real and lasting power.
Contributors will include Elizabeth Day, Romy Madley Croft (the lead singer of The XX), Paris Lees, Gina Martin, Clara Amfo, Alex Eagle, and Lorraine Candy as well as archaelogists, artists, happiness consultants, and academics.
Praise for How to be a Gentlewoman:
“This is brilliant and timely” – Elizabeth Day
Katherine Ormerod has worked as a journalist for more than a decade, starting her career as a fashion assistant at Sunday Times Style, moving to Grazia to become Senior Fashion News & Features Editor then to Glamour where she was Fashion Features Editor at Large. Katherine has written for the Financial Times, the Telegraph, Harper’s Bazaar and the Mail on Sunday. As one of the first to recognise the changing landscape from traditional to digital media, Katherine set up her own consultancy in 2014 to accelerate fashion, beauty and lifestyle brands in editorialising their marketing messages across social platforms. A social media influencer in her own right, she has over 40,000 followers, has been featured in a broad selection of press and is a regular panellist with experience in TV and radio including Good Morning Britain, Sky News, LBC, ABC News Radio and Radio 5 Live. In January 2017, she launched workworkwork.co, an anti-perfectionism platform where high-profile social media stars and women with aspirational careers share stories from their ‘unedited’ lives. Photo credit: Daniela Cadore.
Why Social Media is Ruining Your Life
Why Social Media is Ruining Your Life tackles head on the bona fide pressure cooker of social comparison and unreachable levels of perfection that social media has created in our modern world. Because, let’s face it, social media is not only redefining what it means to be a human in the 21st century, but it is also changing what it means to be you.
In her first book, Katherine Ormerod argues that we’re all sitting on a dangerous, ticking time-bomb that will explode if we don’t begin to take action. She uncovers how our social media addictions have broken our political systems, re-wired our behavioural patterns, destroyed our confidence and shattered our attention spans. She also discloses the truth of the constructed realities behind the uploads and explains why we all have to stop coveting our neighbours posts.
In this book, she covers several key areas of modern womanhood: identity, body image, relationships, career and finances, motherhood and health and looks at exactly how social media has impacted, penetrated and fundamentally reshaped each.
Ultimately, Why Social Media is Ruining Your Life will provide you with the knowledge, tools and weaponry to combat the most consuming, addictive force humankind has ever created.
Praise for Why Social Media is Ruining Your Life:
“This book is a call to arms from the eye of the storm” – Emma Gannon, author of The Multi-Hyphen Method
“Enter Ormerod’s vital manual, which will help you navigate social media and turn it not into a weapon, but a useful tool” – Pandora Sykes
“It will come as no surprise that social media and the inclination to compare our lives’ to others is having a malign effect on humans. But it might be slightly more alarming to discover that it’s not just bringing us down but rewiring our behavioural patterns. Read this book and then carve out some room for yourself and your brain.” – Emerald Street
Chidera Eggerue also known as The Slumflower is a bestselling author and social influencer. Named by ELLE magazine as a ‘millennial mastermind’ in their ‘Stars On The Rise: 20 Power Players To Watch Out For In 2018’ list and named by Buzzfeed as one of the ‘Top 30 Black Girls to follow on Instagram’, Chidera also won Cosmopolitan’s ‘Highly Commended Disruptor/Changemaker of the Year 2018 Award’ and was placed on the #DAZED100 list. Known for redefining the body positivity movement through her popularised #SAGGYBOOBSMATTER social campaign, Chidera has appeared on television including ITV’s This Morning where she continued to drive a new conversation regarding the way we view women’s bodies. Her journey towards encouraging self-care also included her hosting a BBC Newsbeat documentary in March 2018 about hair loss in young people, which raised awareness of traction alopecia (from which she suffers). In June 2018 she gave a TEDxMauer Park talk, exploring the fear of being alone. Chidera recently fronted a national campaign for Adidas appearing across billboards and digital advertising and also spoke alongside actress Kate Winslet as part of the National Literacy Trusts global campaign to educate disadvantaged women around the globe. Chidera is part of ethical fashion label Collusion aimed at the positive choices and values of Generation Z. The garments are gender neutral and body-positive and is stocked exclusively by ASOS.
How To Get Over a Boy
Are you fed up with thinking about that guy every minute of every waking hour, when he doesn’t even reply to your texts?
Are you reeling from the pain of a break-up, unsure of where to turn?
Are you single and looking to be happy with your choices in the face of society’s constant questioning?
In How to Get Over a Boy, bestselling author Chidera Eggerue will show you, once and for all, how to reframe the stale goal of finding a man. She will equip you with tangible and applicable solutions for every part of your dating life, helping you recognise that men hold as much power in our romantic lives as we grant them.
In the past, dating books tend to lean more into the territory of ‘how to make him find you hot!’, ‘how to make him jealous!’, ‘how to get him to propose!’. But these how-tos are placing men on a pedestal of being ‘the prize’. Men are NEVER the prize. You are. Let The Slumflower show you why.
Penny was born and raised in Melbourne where she completed a degree in film and creative writing before moving to London. She spent six years working as a fashion photographers assistant between New York and London before becoming an interiors and lifestyle photographer, shooting for magazines such as Country Living, Living Etc, House Beautiful, The Guardian Weekend and many more. After years as a freelance photographer, Penny began writing about life as a creative freelancer, single parent and raising a disabled child. Penny lives in South London with her two children and is currently writing her first book.
Tender: The Imperfect Art of Caring
A personal, positive and essential book for the many invisible carers among us.
We are all likely – at some point in our lives – to face the prospect of caring for another, whether it’s a parent, child or partner. It is estimated that there are 7 million people in the UK caring for loved ones. And yet these are the unpaid, unsung people whose number is rising all the time. In Tender: The Imperfect Art of Caring, Penny Wincer combines her own experiences as a carer with the experiences of others to offer real and transformative tools and insights for navigating a situation that many of us are either facing or will face at some time.
Penny Wincer has twice been a carer: first to her mother, and now as a single parent to her autistic son. Tender shows how looking after oneself is a fundamental part of caring for another, and describes the qualities that we can look to cultivate in ourselves through what may otherwise feel to be an exhausting task. Weaving her lived experience with research into resilience, perfectionism and self-compassion, Penny combines the stories of other carers alongside those who receive support – offering an often surprising and hopeful perspective.
Tender: The Imperfect Art of Caring is available to pre-order now ahead of publication on the 11th June.
Familiar for her refreshingly honest insight into white privilege, diversity and the LGBT+ community, Model and Activist Munroe Bergdorf has proven herself as an icon in an age of increasing social awareness, using her sizeable profile to advocate for a fairer world and to empower individuals to fight for positive change. Bergdorf regularly appears on national and international television news to comment on race, diversity, gender and LGBTQ+ topics and writes for publications including Grazia, i-D, Paper Magazine, The Evening Standard, The Guardian, Stylist Magazine and The Sunday Times Style. After scooping up ‘Changemaker of the Year’ at the 2018 Cosmopolitan Awards, Munroe’s first film ‘What Makes A Woman’ premiered on Channel 4 in May 2018. In the hour-long documentary, Munroe examines the changing world of gender and identity in today’s society, as she becomes both author and subject. Photo credit: Luke Nugent.
Sam Baker is a writer, editor and media consultant and has edited some of the UK’s biggest magazines. Having spent five years as the editor of Company magazine, she edited the UK edition of Cosmopolitan before spending six years as Editor-in-Chief of Red magazine in 2015 Sam co-founded The Pool, a multi-award-winning online platform that made inspiring and original content for busy women. As a novelist, Sam has written multiple books including: Fashion Victim, This Year’s Model, The Stepmothers Support Group, To My Best Friends, and most recently, The Woman Who Ran, which was described by Marian Keyes as ‘Wildly gripping and unputdownable…a brilliant book.’ Sam has also judged The Women’s Prize for Fiction, the Costa Novel Award and the British Book Awards. Photo credit: Davis Factor.
‘I NEED this book. We ALL need this book! If menopause happened to men, there would be CELEBRATIONS and parties every time one of them completed their change.’ – Marian Keyes
The essential manifesto for any woman staring at the second half of their lives in the face and wondering, WTF is going on?
* Invisible to society now you’re past child-bearing age?
* Tired of being disregarded, overlooked and underestimated?
* Wondering what the hell is happening to your body, mind, internal thermostat?
Women over forty are the most ignored demographic in society. And yet this is the time when you are likely to have the most freedom, power, confidence and self knowledge than ever before. Some serious life has been lived: there have been great loves, heartbreaks, births, marriages, careers, betrayals, bereavements and survival. So what now? What happens when the narrative given to you by society – husband, babies, house – runs out and you become storyless?
Including chapters on menopause, sex, culture, work, rage and freedom, writer and journalist Sam Baker shares her experiences of life post 40 and shows how women can create their own story. This needn’t herald the era of loose clothing and hair dye; or hot flashes and bad sleep (though there is that too). It’s time women north of 40 took a leaf out of the millennial handbook and reinvented things our way.
Harness your energy, opinions and power and create a liberating new narrative for the second half of life.
The Shift publishes in September 2020 and is available to pre-order now.
Liv Little is a curator, audio producer, filmmaker and the editor-in-chief of gal-dem, a fledgling media empire ran exclusively by women and non-binary people of colour. Born and raised in South East London, Little has written for The Guardian, Wonderland Magazine and gal-dem on a range of topics – from women seeking asylum in the UK, to interviews with women breaking down barriers in politics and the arts. She’s also produced an audio documentary for the Migration Museum on their A Mile In My Shoes project and has spent a year and a half working in television, most recently producing a short film on colourism for BBC Three, in addition to developing her first scripted comedy pilot. As founding Editor-in-Chief of gal-dem, an online and print magazine that also hosts and curates talks, events and workshops, both Little and gal-dem aim to empower and support the creative work of young women of colour through breaking down tired stereotypes, promoting their work and changing the narrative of discussions in a whitewashed media environment. Liv is currently working on her first book.
Scarlett Curtis is a writer, activist, podcaster and journalist. She has written for The Guardian, The Telegraph, The Daily Mail and Vogue and is currently contributing editor at The Sunday Times Style. In 2017 Scarlett co-founded The Pink Protest; a feminist activist collective committed to helping young people take action online and IRL. To date they have been a part of campaigns that have changed two laws; a bill to help end period poverty and a bill to get FGM into the Children’s Act. Scarlett is the curator of the Sunday Times Bestseller and National Book Award winning “Feminists Don’t Wear Pink & other lies”; a collection of essays by 52 women on what feminism means to them, published by Penguin in 2018. Her second Sunday Times Bestselling book “It’s Not Okay to Feel Blue & other lies” was published by Penguin in October 2019. Scarlett Curtis was awarded the Changemaker Award for young activists presented by Equality Now, Gucci and CHIME FOR CHANGE in November 2019. Photo credit: Rosie Kane.
It’s Not OK To Feel Blue (And Other Lies)
Over 60 inspirational people have shared their stories and opened up about their mental health in Scarlett Curtis’ newly curated book, It’s Not OK To Feel Blue (And Other Lies).
Powerful, funny, moving, this book is here to tell you: It’s OK.
With writing from:
Adam Kay – Alastair Campbell – Alexis Caught – Ben Platt – Bryony Gordon – Candice Carty-Williams – Charlie Mackesy – Charly Cox – Chidera Eggerue – Claire Stancliffe – Davina McCall – Dawn O’Porter – Elizabeth Day – Elizabeth Uviebinené – Ella Purnell – Emilia Clarke – Emma Thompson – Eve Delaney – Fearne Cotton – Gabby Edlin – Gemma Styles – GIRLI (Milly Toomey) – Grace Beverley – Hannah Witton – Honey Ross – Hussain Manawer – Jack Rooke – James Blake – Jamie Flook – Jamie Windust – Jessie Cave – Jo Irwin – Jonah Freud – Jonny Benjamin – Jordan Stephens – Kai-Isaiah Jamal – Kate Weinberg – Kelechi Okafor – Khalil Aldabbas – KUCHENGA – Lauren Mahon – Lena Dunham – Maggie Matic – Martha Lane Fox – Mathew Kollamkulam – Matt Haig – Megan Crabbe – Michael Kitching – Michelle Elman – Miranda Hart – Mitch Price – Mona Chalabi – Montana Brown – Nadia Craddock – Naomi Campbell – Poorna Bell – Poppy Jamie – Reggie Yates – Ripley Parker – Robert Kazandjian – Rosa Mercuriadis – Saba Asif – Sam Smith – Scarlett Curtis – Scarlett Moffatt – Scottee – Sharon Chalkin Feldstein – Shonagh Marie – Simon Amstell – Steve Ali – Tanya Byron – Travon Free – Yomi Adegoke – Yusuf Al Majarhi.
Praise for It’s Not OK To Feel Blue (And Other Lies):
“The freshest, most honest collection of writing about mental health I’ve read, full of wit, passion and emotion” – Stephen Fry
“This is the book I needed when I was younger” – Jameela Jamil
“A great book. However you’re feeling, it will help” – Ed Sheeran
Emma Gannon is an author, award-winning blogger and broadcaster. Selected as one of Forbes 30 Under 30 2018, she recently starred in a national advertising campaign for Microsoft which showcases and celebrates her multi-hyphenate career. Her podcast ‘Ctrl, Alt, Delete’ discusses work, social media and careers and has now reached almost 2 million downloads. It has been recommended by WIRED, ESQUIRE, ELLE, RED, Marie Claire, The Times, Evening Standard and many more.
Emma has been a regular guest on BBC Radio 4 on both Woman’s Hour and Word Of Mouth. She recently delivered a TEDx talk and spoke at the Oxford Union on the topic of social media. Emma judged the 2018 D&AD New Blood Awards, the 2018 Cosmopolitan Influencer Awards, and is currently working with the Prince’s Trust and Media Trust charities helping young people get jobs, training and education.Photo credit: Kim Turkington.
The debut novel from the Sunday Times bestselling author, Emma Gannon.
Knows her own mind.
OLIVE is many things, and it’s ok that she’s still figuring it all out, navigating her world without a compass. But life comes with expectations, there are choices to be made, boxes to tick and – sometimes – stereotypes to fulfil. And when her best friends’ lives start to branch away towards marriage and motherhood, leaving the path they’ve always followed together, Olive starts to question her choices – because life according to Olive looks a little bit different.
Moving, memorable and a mirror for every woman at a crossroads, OLIVE has a little bit of all of us. Told with great warmth and nostalgia, this is a modern tale about the obstacle course of adulthood, milestone decisions and the ‘taboo’ about choosing not to have children.
Olive is available to pre-order now ahead of publication on 25th June 2020.
Praise for Olive:
“Thoughtful, searching, funny, and (most importantly) honest” – Elizabeth Gilbert
“It’ll give a voice to countless women” – Marian Keyes
“I loved Olive. How I wish she had been around when I was 30 to reassure me there was more than one way to live a life” – Sam Baker
Lucy Sheridan is the world’s first and only comparison coach who, through her private practice and workshops, has helped thousands of people go from compare and despair to #comparisonfree. Accredited by the Association for Psychological Therapies and named as one of the New Wellbeing Specialists 2018 by The Sunday Times Style, she has been praised as one of the UK’s most successful coaches by The Times. She is an MTV approved coach and her work has been featured in global outlets such as Psychology Today, Forbes and Google Labs. Lucy 's book the The Comparison Cure: How to be less ‘them’ and more ‘you’, published in 2019.
The Comparison Cure: How to be less ‘them’ and more ‘you’
Having helped thousands rid their comparison complexes Lucy Sheridan has condensed all of her liberating knowledge into The Comparison Cure: How to be less ‘them’ and more ‘you’. With a three-step tried and tested methodology to help you improve your self-worth and self-confidence (#1 recognise the symptoms; #2 start practising the remedies; and #3 keep your good new habits going), you will soon be able to let go of procrastination and start living a comparison-free life.
Packed full of tips, examples and exercises to help you take back control of who you are and what you want, this positive and empowering book is the timely and necessary antidote we all need to the toxic comparison culture we’re living in.
In 2010, Olivia started her blog ‘What Olivia Did’ as a means of documenting her writing and photography and setting up an online portfolio for her work. To build her knowledge in fashion Olivia spent several years interning at magazines such as NME, Look, Company and Notebook, ticking off everything from organizing fashion cupboards to holding interviews with the fashion-world’s finest. She then began a freelance career, writing for The Debrief, Cosmopolitan and Glamour UK, whilst managing her blog on the side. In 2011 Olivia went on to win the Cosmopolitan Blog Award for best newcomer and in 2014 she went full time with ‘What Olivia Did’, introducing YouTube to her repertoire, with videos ranging from style, beauty and travel. Fast forward four years and she has worked with the U.K’s biggest fashion brands, such as Topshop, Stella McCartney, Kate Spade and Mulberry. Olivia signed with Storm Management in 2016 and went on to be nominated for Best YouTuber at the Glamour Women of the Year Awards in 2017. Most recently she began a lifestyle and fashion podcast with close friend and editor, Charlotte Jacklin. The podcast is titled ‘The Fringe of It’ which charted at number one during its first week of release and continues to produce weekly episodes. Olivia’s first book, The Insecure Girls’ Handbook is available to buy now.
The Insecure Girls’ Handbook
After having endless conversations with friends around common insecurities, Liv realised women all over the world were probably having the exact same discussions – and that maybe it was time we all stopped feeling embarrassed or worried about being ‘insecure’. Insecurity can trouble everyone from time to time, but it’s especially prevalent amongst girls and women, with a recent study uncovering that 62% of girls and women feel insecure or not sure of themselves, and that 7 out of 10 believe they don’t measure up. With this in mind, Olivia started the Instagram page The Insecure Girls’ Club at the end of 2018 – a safe space for women to embrace their vulnerabilities and empower themselves through doing so.
THE INSECURE GIRLS’ HANDBOOK is the accompanying book to the Instagram page: the first of its kind to deal with the issue head-on in a friendly, positive and practical approach, looking at the ways insecurity can pull us down in our work life, friendships, relationships and through affecting our self-worth, and offering tried and tested mechanisms and perspective shifts to overcome this.
This book is a celebration of those things – a nod to the solidarity we all share in our insecurities and being vulnerable – and a peppy pick me up when we really need it most. THE INSECURE GIRLS’ HANDBOOK aims to be the resource we all wish we had when we were teenagers, and to be fully reflective of the conversations we still continue to have. To show that insecurities aren’t our weaknesses, but our strengths – and that by sharing them we can make the world a little bit smaller.
Dr. Soph has a bachelor’s in psychology, a masters in neuroscience and doctorate in clinical psychology. She is one of the few clinical psychologists in the world right now totally taking psychology out of the therapy room. She left behind her traditional role as a clinical psychologist in the NHS and has helped thousands manage their emotional wellbeing by sharing her psychological knowledge on Instagram, her blog and through her online private practice. Dr. Soph is an expert for the mindfulness app, Happy Not Perfect and has been featured in global outlets including Vice Magazine, Girlboss, Psych Central, Well + Good and Elite Daily. Dr. Soph is currently working on her first book.
Florence Given is an illustrator and social activist who, through her artwork, addresses social issues with unique and playful illustrations. Hailed by Rita Ora as a “Feminist and incredibly empowering artist”, Florence’s work confronts the ignorance of people’s oppressive attitudes towards women and their bodies and uses her platform to raise awareness of issues surrounding sexuality, consent, race and gender. In 2018, Florence launched a petition to cancel Netflix’s controversial, fat-shaming series, ‘Insatiable’ which gained over 236,000 signatures in a matter of days. An advocate for bodily autonomy and challenger of toxic societal beauty standards, Florence felt a responsibility to use her platform to insight change. The story became global news and Florence appeared on several News networks across the US and UK as well as being interviewed for various publications including Huffington Post and Grazia. Florence promotes her messaging through her own line of t-shirts and prints which encourage women to boldly express their sexuality and identity. 2018 Love Islander, Megan Barton-Hansen, whose occupational history proudly includes stripping and glamour modelling, wore Florence’s tee which read ‘Stop Valuing Women Based on Their Sexual History’ to her Good Morning Britain appearance drawing yet more attention to Florence and her work. Florence has collaborated with Rita Ora, designing the merchandise for Rita’s Girls Tour in May 2018 and in Autumn of the same year, H&M owned Swedish fashion brand, Weekday, asked her to design a limited edition t-shirt. Sold in store and online, the entire collection sold out in under an hour. The sellout tee’s slogan read “WE DON’T OWE YOU PRETTY”. Inclusivity in the fashion industry is a big part of what Florence advocates for in her work, and as part of the campaign she hosted an in-store event on Regent Street and personally provided free tee’s for girls over a size 20. Floss is currently working on her first book. Photo credit: Ava Fersi.
Women Don’t Owe You Pretty
Women Don’t Owe You Pretty will tell you to… love sex, hate sexism, protect your goddamn energy, life is short, dump them, and that you owe men nothing, least of all pretty.
Florence’s debut book will explore all progressive corners of the feminist conversation; from insecurity projection and refusing to find comfort in other women’s flaws, to deciding whether to date or dump them, all the way through to unpacking the male gaze and how it shapes our identity.
Women Don’t Owe You Pretty is an accessible leap into feminism, for people at all stages of their journey who are seeking to reshape and transform the way they view themselves. In a world that tells women we’re either not enough or too much, it’s time we stop directing our anger and insecurities onto ourselves, and start fighting back to re-shape the toxic structures of our patriarchal society. Florence’s book will help you to tackle and challenge the limiting narrative you have been bombarded with your whole life, and determine feminism on your own terms.
After all, you are the love of your own life.
Women Don’t Owe You Pretty is available to pre-order now ahead of publication on 11th June.
Praise for Women Don’t Owe You Pretty:
“Florence has a way of effortlessly reminding you of who you were before the world barged in.” – Chidera Eggerue, bestselling author of What a Time to be Alone
Hana Walker-Brown is a multi-award-winning audio documentary maker, podcast producer and journalist based in London. Selected as one of Radio Academy’s 30 under 30 list of people who have shown exceptional skill, tenacity and talent, Hana has been recognised and awarded Internationally for her work over the last decade. Driven by a compelling personal narrative, Hana’s work often tells the story of the underdog, the fighters and amplifies the voices of the misrepresented or silenced. A fearless and passionate advocate of multi-medium storytelling, Hana has covered an exceptional range of stories including those of shipwreck survivors, women activists duped into relationships by undercover police spies and young gang members active in East London. Hana is a guest lecturer at Goldsmiths College, University of London and has given talks and masterclasses around the world about her work and creative processes on the themes of Establishing Intimacy, Cinematic Storytelling and The Power of Narrative in Protest and Prejudice. Hana has created work for Amazon, Audible, The BBC, Bad House Films, The Guardian, David Guttenfelder, National Geographic, The National Trust, Notion Magazine, Pottermore, Radio24syv, Slackwire Films, Square Space, The Tate, Unilever and Warner Brothers. Hana is currently working on her first book.
Sebastian de Souza
Sebastian de Souza is a writer, actor and producer. His professional acting career began at age 16 when he played the role of Matty Levan in Channel 4’s Bafta-Award Winning drama, Skins. Sebastian has subsequently appeared in title roles in the Emmy-Winning The Borgias opposite Jeremy Irons, Ophelia opposite Naomi Watts and Kids In Love, opposite Will Poulter and Cara Delevingne which he also co-wrote. Sebastian has written for the stage and screen. His next play ‘Hammersmith & City’ will open at the White City Studio Theatre in February 2019 and his show ‘The Rolling Thunder Revue’ – a musical revue, designed to be his generation’s answer to ‘The Tube’– will air on TV next year. Sebastian is currently working on his first book.
Laura Bates is the founder of the Everyday Sexism Project, an ever-increasing collection of over 100,000 testimonies of gender inequality, with branches in 25 countries worldwide. She is the author of Everyday Sexism, the Sunday Times bestseller Girl Up, Misogynation and The Burning and is currently writing her next work of non-fiction, Men Who Hate Women, which is due to publish in May 2020. In 2018 she published Letters to the Future with Owen Sheers. Laura writes regularly for the Guardian and the New York Times amongst others and won a British Press Award in 2015. She works closely with politicians, businesses, schools, police forces and organisations from the Council of Europe to the United Nations to tackle gender inequality. She was awarded a British Empire Medal for services to gender equality in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list 2015 and has been named woman of the year by Cosmopolitan, Red Magazine and The Sunday Times Magazine. Laura is a contributor at Women Under Siege, a New York-based project tackling rape in conflict worldwide and she is patron of SARSAS, Somerset and Avon Rape and Sexual Abuse Support. She is the recipient of two honorary degrees and was awarded the Internet and Society Award by the Oxford Internet Institute alongside Sir Tim Berners Lee. Laura is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and a Vice President of the Hay Festival. She has judged the Women’s Prize, the YA Book Prize and the RSL Giles St Aubyn awards for non-fiction. Photo credit: Siggi Holm.
In 2012 after being sexually harassed on London public transport Laura Bates, a young journalist, started a project called Everyday Sexism to collect stories for a piece she was writing on the issue. Astounded by the response she received and the wide range of stories that came pouring in from all over the world, she quickly realised that the situation was far worse than she’d initially thought. Enough was enough. From being leered at and wolf-whistled on the street, to aggravation in the work place and serious sexual assault, it was clear that sexism had been normalised. Bates decided it was time for change.
This bold, jaunty and ultimately intelligent book is the first to give a collective online voice to the protest against sexism. This game changing book is a juggernaut of stories, often shocking, sometimes amusing and always poignant – it is a must read for every inquisitive, no-nonsense modern woman.