What’s on our reading list | World Book Day

This is not just any week in 2019. This is a week where not only is it World Book Day, but International Women’s Day too. AKA two of our favourite things - forget birthdays, these are the important dates in our diaries. And what better way to celebrate all things ladies and literature than the books on our reading list right now. Spot the theme…

On The Frontline With The Women Who Fight Back, Stacey Dooley


Known for her hard-hitting and empowering documentaries, Stacey Dooley’s first book, Women Who Fight Back, looks at her encounters with the brave women she’s met and uses their experiences to look at the issues they face. Plus, we’re giving away ten copies this World Book Day! Head to Facebook - www.facebook.com/riverisland - to enter!

Becoming, Michelle Obama 

If this isn’t on your to-read list, it needs to be. Michelle Obama’s memoir is able to make the former First Lady feel like your confidante, mum, teacher and mentor all the same time. She’s witty, strong and inspiring, lives life to the full and has faced a lot of obstacles along the way. Basically our hero!


Normal People, Sally Rooney


In her second book, Sally Rooney perfectly encapsulates how we struggle to talk about how we feel. A love story that highlights just how much one person can affect another’s life. Normal People is the book to make you miss your stop on the bus. The awards speak for themselves.

Slay In Your Lane, Yomi Adegoke, Elizabeth Uviebinené


Written by not one, but two inspirational women, Slay In Your Line, is a guide to life as a black woman living in London in this generation. Covering everything from dating and work to education as well as interviews from the likes of Denise Lewis and Amma Assante, it’s a must read. 

White Teeth, Zadie Smith


Zadie Smith’s White Teeth was her debut novel in 2000 and follows the family lives of two friends who met in wartime, Samad and Archie, and is all about how the past has a way of coming back to bite us. Proving just how good it is, it’s since been adapted for TV back in 2002 and the theatre last year.

Milkman, Anna Burns


We’re all a sucker for a bit of gossip, right? Anna Burn’s Milkman is the tale of gossip, hearsay and deliberate deafness. Using unnamed characters and an anonymous city, with only one nickname throughout: the Milkman, we have a feeling we’re going to be telling all our friends about this one.