It feels like it’s been aaaaages since I’ve done a Boro Books review and I’m properly excited about this one because hello total cuteness – the illustrations are giving me ALL the heart eye emojis! And anything that talks about fantastically amazing and great women is always going to be a total winner for me too. L O V E. 

Taking thirteen iconic women in history, Kate Pankhurst has created the most wonderful of books that can be enjoyed by young and old alike. I can even promise you that if you’re coming at this as an older reader you’re guaranteed to learn a few things that you didn’t know along the way. I’m a little bit embarrassed to admit that I hadn’t even heard of a couple of the women – definitely amending that immediately! 

kate pankhurst fantastically great women who changed the world

My favourite chapter was the one all about Amelia Earhart. Little known fact about me – I was originally called Amy. It was only for about two hours though before my dad spotted me trying to kick the top off the plastic cot I was in and decided that Claire was a much more worthy name. But I was called Amy after one of *his* favourite women – Amelia Earhart! Cool eh? 

Essential life advice I have learned from this book. 

Coco Chanel: A girl should be two things: who and what she wants…

Amelia Earhart: A girl with adventure in her heart can achieve amazing things! 

Anne Frank: …still believe, in spite of everything, that people are truly good at heart. 

How will you change the world? Will you be inspired? Will you believe that anything is possible? I would combine Jane Austen and Amelia Earhart and say tell your own story and make life one big adventure! Yass! You truly can achieve extraordinary things by following your heart, talent and dreams. 

I so wish this book had been around when I was a younger version of myself – I would have absolutely LOVED it and probably read it over and over again until the edges were all dog-eared and it was being held together by some kind of miracle. I’m adding it to my list of ones to buy for every little person that I know – the love needs to be shared. 

You can find out more about Kate Pankhurst on her website. As if I didn’t already love the book, now that I’ve read that Kate takes her dog to work with her (jealous much) and is a huge library advocate I’m just even more in love with it. As you well know we’ll always give a shout out to our fab libraries in Middlesbrough so if you want to borrow it from there you can find out how on their catalogue, or to buy a copy for yourself head to your nearest book shop and ask them very kindly to order you one promptly. Trust me, you won’t regret it. 

The book is also part of the fantastic Read Regional campaign that celebrates new books from the North of England. Check out their website to see which other books you can read and look out for the red and white stickers next time you’re in the library. Northern books for the win! 

What shall we read next for Boro Books? Hit us up in the comments if you want to recommend one that we absolutely cannot miss!