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She Speaks

Fully updated with new preface and five new speeches for paperback edition.

A Guardian Book of the Year.

Looking at lists of the greatest speeches of all time, you might think that powerful oratory is the preserve of men. But the truth is very different – countless brave and bold women have used their voices to inspire change, transform lives and radically alter history.

In this timely and personal selection of exceptional speeches, Yvette Cooper MP tells the rousing story of female oratory. From Boudica to Greta Thunberg and Chimamanda Adichie to Malala Yousafzai, Yvette introduces each speech and demonstrates how powerful and persuasive oratory can be decidedly female. Written by one of our leading public voices, this is an inspirational call for women to be heard across the globe.

Equal Power

Shortlisted for the 2018 Parliamentary Book Awards (Best Memoir by a Parliamentarian)

Why is gender inequality so stubbornly persistent? Power. Even today, power remains concentrated in the hands of men right across the worlds of business, politics and culture. Decisions taken by those with power tend to perpetuate gender inequality rather than accelerate solutions. And those who see the problem often feel powerless: ingrained sexism and gender inequality can seem too huge to solve.

Equal Power holds a mirror up to society, showing the stark extent of gender inequality while making the case that everyone has the power to create change. Whether you are a teenage student, a global CEO or a taxi driver, there is much we can do as friends, consumers, parents and colleagues to create a world of Equal Power. In this inspiring and essential book, deputy leader of the Liberal Democrats and former Government Minister for Women Jo Swinson outlines the steps we can all take, small and large, to make our society truly gender equal.

Women, Equality, Power

Women, Equality, Power is a celebration of an outstanding leader who continues to strive and work for change, and it’s a rallying call for other women leaders, whether they are in positions of political, economic or social power.

Helen Clark has been a political leader for more than 40 years, since first running in local elections in the 1970s. She entered New Zealand parliament as a 31-year-old in 1981, led the Labour Party to victory in 1999 and was Prime Minister of New Zealand for nine years. She then took on a critical international role as Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme in New York.

One of her key focuses throughout this time has been the empowerment of women, and she has paved the way for other women to step up and lead.

With a foreword by the Rt Hon. Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand, this is a timely and important book.

‘If more issues of importance to women are to rise to the top of political, legislative and budget priorities, more women must sit at the top tables . . . Women must be drivers of development – not just passive beneficiaries of plans designed by others.’ HELEN CLARK ONZ

‘Helen Clark often said, and continues to say, that having women in leadership positions not only sends a powerful message to other women but also changes societies’ perceptions of gender roles and encourages girls to believe that no door is closed to them.’ JACINDA ARDERN, PRIME MINISTER OF NEW ZEALAND

The Revolution of Man

‘Compelling. What does it mean to be a man? Finally, we’re talking about it. This book is the conversation we need to have-with each other, our sons and fathers.’ Peter FitzSimons, bestselling author of Kokoda

‘A terrific read-gutsy, plain-speaking and personal, addressing almost every aspect of Australian men’s lives today . . . This book will greatly help the growing avalanche of masculine change.’ Steve Biddulph, psychologist and bestselling author of Manhood

The performance of being a man, from the moment we open our eyes, until we gasp our last breath, is damaging us, and those around us.

Phil Barker has written thousands of words about being a man in these strange and terrible times. As a journalist, he has spent years investigating the modern epidemics of suicide, domestic violence, pornography and misogyny, but also the essential bonds of male friendship, fatherhood and men’s relationships with women. During this time, Phil found himself seeing what it is to ‘be a man’ in a completely new light.

Men are forced into a performance of masculinity that is suffocating, limiting and damaging. The Revolution of Man shows us how to rethink what it means to be a man and urges men to reconnect with their emotions so they, and the people they love, can start leading happier, healthier and more meaningful lives.

‘Phil Barker skewers toxic masculinity and provides a manifesto for modern manhood. This well-researched, engaging and thought-provoking book explains why positive masculinity is good for men, women and children. We need more male allies like Phil to create a safer future for the post #MeToo generation.’ Tracey Spicer, journalist and bestselling author of The Good Girl Stripped Bare