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Gina Miller: ‘Words can change hearts and minds’

We have another treat of an episode for you this week as Vick Hope delves into the bookshelves of campaigner, businesswoman and dedicated philanthropist Gina Martin. Gina tells Vick about the books that have equipped her for the many battles she has faced over her campaigning career, from the rousing words of Maya Angelou to the unstoppable literary heroines who taught her to always be resilient. 

Keep reading to discover Gina’s Bookshelfie choices or click here to listen to the fascinating conversation in full.

The Art of War for Women

Forget everything you think you know about strength, strategy and success. This brilliant adaptation of the ancient masterpiece The Art of War shows women…

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“I still have a lot of battles to fight. I need to be alert and have every bit of my strategy and my strength and my wits about me. For the next battle ahead, I need to have The Art of War for Women under my pillow every night.”

The Handmaid’s Tale

The Handmaid’s Tale is a dystopian novel by Canadian author Margaret Atwood, published in 1985. It is set in a near-future…

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“Since I started campaigning back in 2015/2016, I started looking around the world and realising that the rise of the right is a threat to women … I found it scary how realistic [the story] could be, how plausible, exploring those themes of women being put back in their place.”

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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“I’ve always loved language and the power of words. Words are not just empowering but they have the ability to change hearts and minds, and that’s what [Angelou’s] book does … I’ve read it about 10 times and I intend to read it again and again.”

A Room of One’s Own

A Room of One’s Own grew out of a lecture that Virginia Woolf had been invited to give at Girton College,…

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“The book was given to me when I was 16. I think my teacher had identified that I was going to be an activist … Woolf was radical and brave, but did it with grace and dignity.”

If Gina’s book choices have left you feeling energised and inspired, you won’t want to miss the full conversation. Listen here.

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