Book Review: Bad Girls Throughout History by Ann Shen*

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* My copy of Bad Girls Throughout History was kindly sent to me upon request from Abrams & Chronicle *

As soon as I saw Bad Girls Throughout History: 100 Remarkable Women Who Changed the World* on Abrams & Chronicle's Twitter feed, I knew I was in love. Ann Shen's new release details the lives of 100 amazing women through time who have broken the rules that restricted them, from the biblical Lilith to the modern revolutionary Malala Yousafzai, by way of dancers, scientists, writers, explorers, actors, and fighters.

Ann chooses such a refreshingly broad spectrum of women to focus in in this volume. She reaches far-flung corners of the globe to teach you about the women you may otherwise not have been introduced to but thoroughly deserve their story to be told. Some of my favourites include:

  • Diana Nyad, the 64-year-old who became the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage.
  • Junko Tabei, the first woman to climb to the summit of Everest, who died at the age of 77 on the day I'm writing this.
  • Christine Jorgensen, an actor and the first publicly-known trans woman in America.
  • Dorothy Dandridge, the first African-American to be nominated for the best actress Oscar.
  • Alice Guy-Blaché, the world's first female film director and the inventor of narrative film.

Those are simply five of such an incredible collection that offers inspiration on every page and at every age. Ann's beautiful illustrations are simply the cherry on top of the cake, with each woman's story accompanied by a full-colour portrait and brush lettering (which reminds me that I really need to sign up to a calligraphy class). I know this book is going to hold pride of place on my shelf for many years to come.

This gorgeous book was published by Chronicle Books on 6th September and retails at the outstandingly good price of £12.99 for such a pretty hardcover. I think it would be the perfect gift this Christmas for the student or twenty-something with big dreams in your life.

M x

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