Lacking in inspo? Pinterest just not doing it for you? Feeling you need something more than your kale super juice to get you motivated in the morning? This is what you need: a sumptuous list of the very best inspirational women, and the autobiographies they have written this year, to give you some top-knotch bibliotheraphy for these dreary autumn days. Whether it’s passion, anger or wisdom, the experiences of these women will light your fire, spark your flame and give you the pa-zing to hop up off of your backside and get going.
Dolly Alderton - Everything I know about Love
If you haven’t heard of Dolly Alderton, I’m wondering which cupboard you’ve been hiding in for the past year. The thirty year-old darling of British media; Sunday Times dating columnist, millennial style Queen, Made-in-Chelsea producer, podcast virtuoso, Camden local and pot plant lover, published her memoire earlier this year. Everything I know about Love is a bible for all millennials, detailing a decade and a half of setups, breakups, hook-ups, f**ck-ups, and the unsuspected screwups of living an adult life. Raucously funny, recklessly entertaining and at times tear-jerkingly tender, this memoire had me hooked from page one. Dolly’s writing moves seamlessly from tipsy tales of tinder tourism to pertinent discussions about therapy, tackling both the highs and the lows of life. Glossy, sassy and enduringly heart-warming, this book celebrates female independence, self-determination and above all the glorious importance of female friendship.
Lily Allen - My Thoughts Exactly
My Thoughts Exactly is a devastatingly candid showbusiness survivors tale, in which multi-award winning British pop icon and long-time celeb Lily Allen bares all (not for the first time). Brutally honest, achingly funny, this autobiography gets right to the heart of what it means to be a celebrity. Lily has lived a long life in a short space of time; from the hedonistic days of sex, drugs and Chanel to the heart breaking realities of mental breakdown, addiction, post-natal depression and the death of her son. She explains that she wanted to be the one to tell her own story, and she does just that, warts and all. Smart and tenacious, fresh and direct, Lily shows us that although Everything’s (not) Just Wonderful, there are still reasons to Smile.
Tara Westover - Educated
Educated by Tara Westover has been 2018’s talk of the memoir town, basking in the glory of copious critical acclaim. This coming of age autobiography chronicles Westover’s struggle for self-(re)invention once she had extracted herself from the Mormon survivalist family she was brought up in. Born in Idaho, the seventh child in her family, Westover sought an education through which to redefine herself. This book tackles what it means to transform oneself and betray others, grappling with the ferocity of family loyalty. Barack Obama himself has recommended the book, and the Observer described it as a ‘jaw dropping memoire’. It takes you to the very extremes of American life, showing you the true meaning of living on the edge.
Emma Brockes - An Excellent Choice : Panic and Joy on My Solo Path to Motherhood
Brockes’ second autobiography is anything but conventional. This is an explosive memoir about her life-changing decision to undergo fertility treatment and conceive a child on her own, via assisted reproduction. Think The Switch, but without the melodrama and without Jennifer Aniston. Mordantly funny and splendidly candid, Brockes nails the inherent conflictions fertility treatment throws up for women. Sharing the frustrations, surprises, and embarrassments of her excellent choice, this memoire is better than any fertility manual, embracing unconventionality and showing us that motherhood can be possible, for whoever, however, whenever.
Rose McGowan - Brave
Brave, Rose McGowan’s memoire-cum-manifesto – something we are calling a memfesto – has been dubbed ‘a booming wakeup call to the entertainment industry’. McGowan was the original woman whose rape accusation against Harvey Weinstein galvanised the #MeToo battle against systemic misogyny within Hollywood and beyond. Brave is the story of a woman who has suffered and endured. McGowan was raised in an Italian cult, moved to America, became homeless, and then began a career in Hollywood, which she describes as the ‘biggest cult of all’. It has become her mission to expose Hollywood’s misogynistic exploitation. The Sunday Times describes McGowan as a woman, ‘systematically silenced since childhood, who has now found her voice and is roaring from the rooftops’. Fierce, frank, angry and unapologetic, this is a memfesto empowering people everywhere to get up and be brave.
Michelle Obama - Becoming
Sneak! Preview! This much-anticipated autobiography will be hitting the bookstores in mid-November. Get very very excited. MO, the global icon of female advocacy, independence and achievement, is releasing a memoire, reflecting on the experiences that have shaped her. Honest and witty, warm and wise, Becoming is a truly inspirational story of a truly inspirational woman.