Dawn O’Porter: ‘It’s taken a long time to not feel like an imposter’

This week on the Women’s Prize podcast we delve into the bookshelves of renowned broadcaster, novelist and founder of the Choose Love charity Dawn O’Porter. Dawn sat down with Vick Hope for a glorious chat about books, living rebelliously and why being a ‘cat lady’ is something to be proud of. Scroll on to discover Dawn’s top reads, and listen to the

‘The book really spoke to me on a personal level. There’s a line on the first page where she says, “There’s never been a time when I haven’t known that I was special.” She doesn’t mean special as in fantastic, she means different, and that really resonated with me as a teenager.’

Lessons in Chemistry

Chemist Elizabeth Zott is not your average woman. In fact, Elizabeth Zott would be the first to point out that…

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‘I loved all the kooky bizarreness of this book … It’s great to read strong female characters who go on a proper journey and fight against the patriarchy. It does put a bit of a pep in your step after you finish a book like that.’

Daisy Jones and The Six

For a while, Daisy Jones & The Six were everywhere. Their albums were on every turntable, they sold out arenas…

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‘This is hands down my favourite book of the year … It just made me want to be in some dirty club back in the 70s, where the air is thick with smoke, everyone just smells of liquor and the music is fab.’

Who I Am

For the first time ever, Melanie C, aka Sporty Spice, tells her amazing life story in her own words and…

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‘The Spice Girls meant so much to me when I was living on a tiny island just dreaming of the mainland and what my life could be … they put the fire in my belly to go and be brave.’


We Have Always Lived in the Castle

Living in the Blackwood family home with only her sister Constance and her Uncle Julian for company, Merricat just wants…

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‘I love tiny stories. I love it when a book sometimes doesn’t go beyond four walls, and just keeps you gripped in its world … It’s a masterpiece.’

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