REVIEW: I Know A Woman, Kate Hodges

Friday, 20 April 2018

Behind every great woman… is another great woman. Here, the extraordinary achievements, relationships and secret histories of 84 pioneering women are revealed in inspirational stories which together show the indomitable strength of womankind. From ground-breaking scientist Marie Curie to political activist Malala Yousafzai, from feminist author Virginia Woolf to the game-changing Billie Jean King; I Know a Woman creates a gigantic web of womanhood which celebrates the relationships between the world’s most inspirational and influential women. Threading tales from across the globe and throughout history, the lives of innovative aviatrixes, gun-toting revolutionaries and women with incomparable intellects are revealed. Each woman is connected to the next, discovering the women behind the scenes; those who didn’t get the credit for scientific discoveries, sporting achievements or acts of bravery when they were alive. Some names will be familiar, some might not, but all are equally important. 

Whilst the illustrations inside of I Know A Woman are bloody gorgeous (seriously, if you ever see it in a bookstore go and have a peek inside - you won't be disappointed), the biographies detailing the women's lives are more than a little basic. It is nice that all the 84 women are compiled in one place but, compared to some of the other books that have been release recently that are all in the same vein, the information it puts forward is nothing that you have not come across before. Add that to the fact that the links between the women are quite tenuous, and the way that Kate Hodges has tried to put together those links is more than a little painful then, no matter how pretty it is, I really can't give this book any more than a two-star rating.

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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