Cherry Healey: ‘My forties are a hoot!’

This week on the Women’s Prize Podcast, we welcome Cherry Healey, the iconic TV presenter with a penchant for women’s well-being, for an inspiring chat with our host Vick Hope. Listen in as Cherry discusses the five books that changed her life, helped her rediscover herself and taught her about her body in the face of a “second puberty.” You can listen to the full episode here.

Three Sisters

Concluding The Tattooist of Auschwitz trilogy with the fictionalised account of real-life siblings held in the notorious death camp, Three Sisters follows its protagonists…

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‘[The sisters] witnessed people being shot, point blank range in front of them, and each of them witnessed and had to go through horrendous things, but it’s this bond between them that is so unbelievably powerful that saves them. It absolutely saves them, and they survive.’

We Should All Be Feminists

In this personal, eloquently argued essay – adapted from her much-admired TEDx talk of the same name – Chimamanda Ngozi…

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‘It’s so pithy and full of positivity and hope. There is not a wasted word, and the word economy is perfect. The reason I don’t have a copy here is I’ve given it to my daughter, who’s just turned 13.’


Part inspiration, part memoir, Untamed explores the joy and peace we discover when we stop striving to meet the expectations of the…

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‘[Doyle] goes through this huge journey, and the story is incredible. She’s always encouraging you to think. It’s not a preachy self-help book. She’s not pretending to be a guru as well… She stays really humble, and she wants to share her learnings with you.’

Hormone Repair Manual

Hormone Repair Manual is published by Pan Macmillan. It’s a practical guide to feeling better in your 40s, 50s, and beyond. It…

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‘This book is really wonderful. Every page that I turn, I’m learning so many important things about my body because [perimenopause] is like the second puberty.’

The Law of Attraction

The Law of Attraction presents the powerful basics of the original teachings of Abraham. Within these pages, you’ll learn how all…

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‘Hicks describes what she’s doing as tapping into infinite intelligence. What they talk about is the law of attraction, and that is how to create your reality. So instead of just being a passenger seat in the bus, you’re driving the bus every single day.’

To hear more about Cherry’s Bookshelfie choices and her process of self-rediscovery, listen to the full episode here. Explore the podcast archives for book chats from guests including Dawn O’Porter and Madeline Miller, and hit subscribe to be the first to know when the next episode drops.

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