MGallery will launch ‘Inspired by Her’ libraries of its favourite books authored and about inspirational women in celebration of International Women’s Day on 8th March. A collection of stylish, boutique hotels, dedicated to the lovers of life, literature and culture, each MGallery Hotel has its own distinct story, with several known for hosting historic figures and iconic poets and authors. Every hotel in the MGallery collection expresses a distinctly singular personality and is deeply rooted in each destination.

The boutique hotel collection, which in the UK encompasses Castle Hotel, Windsor; Francis Hotel, Bath; Woughton House, Milton Keynes and Queens Hotel, Cheltenham collaborated with Rebel Book Club, the fast-growing UK-founded book club community to support its selection of 10 must-read titles. Guests are invited to dive into a diverse range of stories that will stay with you, across fiction and non-fiction, social cultural and political themes.

MGallery’s ‘Inspired by Her’ library selection includes:

• Zadie Smith – White Teeth Dealing – among many other things – with friendship, love, war, three cultures and three families over three generations, one brown mouse, and the tricky way the past has of coming back and biting you on the ankle, it is a life-affirming, riotous must-read of a book.

• Jane Austen – Pride and Prejudice With its wit, its social precision and, above all, its irresistible heroine, Pride and Prejudice has proved one of the most enduringly popular novels in the English language.

• Margaret Atwood – Handmaid’s Tale Brilliantly conceived and executed, this powerful vision of the future gives full rein to Margaret Atwood’s irony, wit and astute perception.

• Brene Brown- Daring Greatly We love all of Brene’s work but this book changed our whole perspective on the world. Brene is near enough a household name now. She tackles shame and vulnerability in this book, with personal stories and practical advice based on 1000s of academic interviews – so it’s no wonder it resonates with so many people.

• Wangari Maathai – Unbowed Maathai is known in East Africa as the ‘women who planted a million trees’. What makes her story even
more remarkable is that this isn’t some greenbelt in Europe but fighting desertification from the Sahara with minimal resources before tree planting was popular. A Mandela for nature and female empowerment.

• Ramita Navai – City of Lies City of Lies is one of those stories that sucks you into a dark, surprising and life-affirming world. It sparks a completely different perspective of a city and a country portrayed in Western News that’s both remarkable and full of colour.

• Yeonmi Park – In Order To Live A young North Korean girl escapes. Brave is an understatement. It’s hard to imagine that this type of existence is still a reality today.

• Caroline Perez – Invisible Women From government policy and medical research, to technology, workplaces, and the media. Invisible Women reveals how in a world built for and by men, we are systematically ignoring half of the population, often with disastrous consequences.

• Lucy Siegle – Turning the Tide on Plastic Lucy has been fighting the environmental cause on the BBC and beyond for a long-time. But her time has come with the swell in interest in fighting plastic and her book captures the scale of the problem and how we can tackle it, whoever we are.

• Maya Dusenbery – Doing Harm A supremely important book about gender bias in medicine, unconscious or not.

Ben Keene, Co-Founder, Rebel Book Club comments:
’We are excited to support MGallery across the UK in the curation of the ‘Inspired by Her’ libraries and sharing a handful of our favourite reads, written by and about empowering, rebellious women. With topics spanning climate change to progressive economics, early feminist fiction to the fashion industry, each story has a powerful voice that – if you read it – may just change your life too.’’ Ben Keene, Co – Founder, Rebel Book Club
In addition to the ‘Inspired by Her’ libraries, guests are invited to treat the important women in their life to a special edition Afternoon tea at Castle Hotel Windsor; cocktails and canapés alongside stories from the late novelist Mary Shelley at Francis Hotel in Bath; an insightful panel discussion at Queens Hotel Cheltenham or help honour a member of the team, Woughton House are focusing their appreciation on team member Mica Whyte for her commitment and extensive knowledge, in celebration of International Women’s Day.

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