Orlando – A Biography (Woolf)

If there’s anyone you can rely on to have created a character worth noting, it’s Virginia Woolf, and in Orlando we are not disappointed. This character transcends gender, genre and time, and goes through life experiencing it to the full, in a way the rest of us can...

Eleanor Roosevelt (1884 – 1962)

More than a First Lady, Eleanor Roosevelt took an active role in politics and became an advocate for human rights. Her legacy transcends and precedes what she did as the wife of a president, and she is now one of the most highly respected figures of the 20th century....

Heather Melville

We are thrilled to present to you our very first Wonderful Woman of Inspiration – Heather Melville. Heather was recently awarded The 2010 WIBF Champion for Women Award by the Women in Banking and Finance (WIBF) network. Needless to say, Heather had not written an...

Camila Batmanghelidjh (1963 – )

Camila Batmanghelidjh was born in Tehran, Iran. There she lived what she has described as an “unbelievably sheltered” life, protected by the social standing of her wealthy Iranian father and Belgian mother, until the age of 11, when she moved to England, where she...

Elizabeth Bennet – Pride and Prejudice (Austen)

A cliché, perhaps, to cite Lizzie as an inspiring fictional woman, but whether we are sick of her or not, Miss Bennet remains to this day one of the seminal female characters in literature. Indeed, she is your traditional heroine in many ways, she is beautiful,...

Beatrice – Much Ado About Nothing (Shakespeare)

Possibly Shakespeare’s most playful heroine, Beatrice is the perfect vessel for his joyful manipulation of language and imagery to shine. She is a woman of sharp wit and a feisty intelligence, who has earned their respect and friendship of the influential men with...

Taking stock

A great deal has already been said by a lot of people about the events of this week.  I still don’t feel I can ignore it here. We have, I am sure, all experienced a roller coaster of emotions in London and other cities around the UK. Some of our certainties have been...

Mae West (1893 – 1980)

“Every man I meet wants to protect me. I can’t figure out what from” Mae West, born Mary Jane West, was to her core an entertainer, drawn to the stage from a young age at church socials and, ironically, going on to become a bawdy Vaudeville sex symbol, the subject of...

Queen Elizabeth (1553 – 1603)

“I know I have the body but of a weak and feeble woman; but I have the heart and stomach of a king, and of a king of England too.” Very few people, and even fewer women, need to be told to be inspired by Elizabeth I. Even those who have not had the endless history...

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