Caroline Lucas: ‘Westminster seemed extraordinarily white and male’

The Women’s Prize Podcast is honored to kick off the new year with award-winning MP and author, Caroline Lucas. The first ever UK elected Green MP and former Leader of the Green Party, Caroline is a passionate campaigner for causes ranging from animal rights and environmental justice, to women’s and children’s rights. Caroline chats to host Vick Hope about five of her career-shaping reads from Petra Kelly to Mary Oliver. You can listen to this inspiring episode in full here >

Fighting for Hope

An urgent call for a world free from violence between North and South, men and women, ourselves and our environment.

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‘Petra Kelly was such a star of green politics … We talk about the personal being political, but for Kelly, that was something she absolutely took to heart. And the book is a very personal manifesto of her involvement in politics – everything from economics through to nuclear through to pesticides through to love’

Flight Behaviour

Dellarobia Turnbow is a restless farm wife who gave up her own plans when she accidently became pregnant at seventeen….

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‘How to communicate about climate change is something that I literally lie awake worrying about, and I think [Kingsolver] just does a fantastic job with this book, because it will reach people for whom the climate emergency is not something that’s necessarily on the top of their agenda’

Doughnut Economics

In Doughnut Economics, Oxford academic Kate Raworth identifies seven critical ways in which mainstream economics has led us astray, and sets…

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‘[Raworth] says the most powerful tool in economics is not money, not even algebra, it’s a pencil, because with a pencil you can redraw the world … You can write as many worthy textbooks as you like, but unless we tell stories, unless we have different images in our mind, then I don’t think we’re going to be able to shift quick enough to a different way of being in the

With the End in Mind

With the End in Mind is a book for us all: the grieving and bereaved, ill and healthy. Open these pages…

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‘This book is so important on a very personal level, because I think if one considers how we want to die, then that also raises big questions about how to live well. And having those thoughts now, when there’s still time to potentially change the way we do things, rather than having those thoughts on our own deathbeds feels quite important.’

Devotions: The Selected Poems of Mary Oliver

Carefully curated, these 200-plus poems feature Oliver’s work from her very first book of poetry, No Voyage and Other Poems, published…

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‘For me, Mary Oliver is just a reminder to slow down a bit. Sometimes she talks about the importance of just paying attention. And I find that very helpful, because I am prone to dashing from one thing to the next thing … These poems are kind of mindfulness in action’

For more of Caroline’s Bookshelfie choices, and to hear about her life as the first Green MP, make sure to listen to the episode in full. Explore the podcast archives for book chat from guests including Mother Pukka and Aisling Bea and hit subscribe to be the first to know when the next episode drops.

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