Bim Adewunmi: ‘I find comfort and kinship in books.’

On this week’s episode of the Women’s Prize podcast is multi-talented playwright, producer and writer Bim Adewunmi. A former Guardian columnist and Buzzfeed editor, Bim is no stranger to podcasts, she is a producer at This American Life and co-created the chart-topping podcast Thirst Aid Kit which interrogates female desire and sexuality. In her discussion with Zawe, Bim talks about how much she valued her local library growing up, what angered her about the way women’s fiction was marketed during her time working in a bookshop, and how she self-identifies with characters from each of her five Bookshelfie choices. Listen to the full episode here.

I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings

The first and best-known of Maya Angelou’s extraordinary seven volumes of autobiography is a testament to the talents and resilience of…

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This book felt very intimate to me. It was unlike anything I had read. It’s a coming of age book and it resonated so much with me at the time. There is an incredible ribbon of humour all the way through which warms you up.’

Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice is Jane Austen’s most perennially popular novel. The love story of Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy, who misjudge,…

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‘There is something so interesting in all of the characters, Mr Darcy is so compelling! I see different shades to Elizabeth each time I read it and see myself evolve and change as well.’

The Girls’ Guide to Hunting and Fishing

The Girls’ Guide to Hunting and Fishing maps the progress of Jane Rosenal as she sets out on a personal and…

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‘This book shaped my twenties, it is one of my favourite books of all time. It really gave me an insight into what my life could be. Each story is so succinct and they fit together so seamlessly.’

Station Eleven

What was lost in the collapse: almost everything, almost everyone, but there is still such beauty. One snowy night in…

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‘I read this long before the pandemic, and I was completely taken with this book and could not put it down. It’s just perfection, it is incredibly human. I would not have taken chances in my life if it wasn’t for Station Eleven, I would not have moved to America. This book shaped my 30s.’


In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe…

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‘I was blown away by this book. I realised that Circe had been on the periphery of so many stories that I read as a child. 

The power of Madeline Miller is to bring forth a character who was at the scene of so many iconic Greek myths stories.’

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