Today marks the start of Academic Book Week 2018, a ‘celebration of the diversity, innovation and influence of academic books’ ( There are many events running across the country ( and you can also vote for your favourite book in the online poll searching for the most influential book from a shortlist of 20 books by women that have changed the world.


The Twenty Books by Women that Changed the World


  • The Diary of a Young Girl, by Anne Frank
  • On Photography, by Susan Sontag
  • Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race, by Reni Eddo-Lodge
  • The Unwomanly Face of War, by Svetlana Alexievich
  • A Vindication of the Rights of Women, by Mary Wollstonecraft
  • Ain’t I a Woman?, by bell hooks
  • The Second Sex, by Simone de Beauvoir
  • A Room of One’s Own, by Virginia Woolf
  • Silent Spring, by Rachel Carson
  • Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity, by Judith Butler
  • The Hite Report, by Shere Hite
  • The Female Eunuch, by Germaine Greer
  • I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, by Maya Angelou
  • Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte
  • Women & Power, by Mary Beard
  • I am Malala, by Malala Yousafzai
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot
  • No Logo, by Naomi Klein
  • The Origins of Totalitarianism, by Hannah Arendt
  • Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley


I am excited to see several books here that have been impactful reading at different times in my life. I really enjoyed studying Anne Frank and her diary at school and my cancer and genetics background means I will always be fascinated by the ethical issues and questions raised by the amazing story of Henrietta Lacks. There are a few here that I have yet to read too – time to add some to the reading list.

Which book has most influenced you? You can vote until Thursday ( and the winner will be announced on Friday.


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Academic Book Week 2018 – 20 books by women that changed the world