H: A History Of The World in 21 Women by Jenni Murray #atozchallenge #nonfiction

The Blogging from A to Z April Challenge  is for bloggers who wish to participate, by publishing a blog post every day in April, except for Sundays. Each blog post will focus on a letter of the alphabet. For example April 1 will be A, April 2 will be B, and on it goes. By the end of April, a blog post for every letter of the alphabet will have been posted. My theme for 2023 is Book Reviews.

You can read my reviews without worrying about spoilers. My reviews are quite brief and I give away nothing more than you would read on the back cover or on Goodreads




“They led while others followed. They stood up and spoke out when no one else would. They broke the mould in art, music and literature. Each of them fought, in their own way, for change. Encompassing artists, politicians, activists, reporters and heads of state from past and present, A History of the World in 21 Women celebrates the lives, struggles and achievements of women who have had a profound impact on the shaping of our world. Jenni’s 21 are: Joan of Arc, Artemesia Gentileschi, Angela Merkel, Benazir Bhutto, Hillary Clinton, Coco Chanel, Empress Dowager Cixi, Catherine the Great, Clara Schumann, Hatshepsut, Wangari Maathai, Golda Meir, Frida Kahlo, Toni Morrison, Margaret Atwood, Isabella of Castile, Cathy Freeman, Anna Politokovskaya, Sirimavo Bandaranaike, Madonna and Marie Curie”. – Goodreads

My Thoughts

These stories about wonderful women who were never to be deterred in their goals, were more than inspiring to me. I knew the basic stories of most women, but not all. However, Jenni Murray added so much more, as the struggles and achievements of each woman are celebrated.

It’s hard for me to pick a ‘favourite female’ as every one of these women have great stories, and have endured much more than they should have been expected to endure. I found the story of Joan of Arc to be incredibly sad and heart breaking. I thought I knew all about her, but her back story is more amazing than the fact that she was burnt at the stake. Australian athlete Cathy Freeman was featured and I learned much about her early life, and loved being able to revisit her achievement of winning a gold medal at the Olympic Games in Sydney in 2000.

Jenni Murray is a journalist and stresses that these women are her personal choices. The women she has chosen are very diverse such as Joan of Arc, Catherine The Great, Angela Merkel, Coco Chanel, Cathy Freeman, just to name only a few. Their backgrounds and experiences vary greatly.

I’d definitely recommend this book. As the title says, it is a history of the world but it is also the story of how these amazing women fought for their causes. The stories of each woman are quite brief, but they have prompted me to search out more indepth information to read about them.

All books that I review have been purchased by me or borrowed from the library, unless otherwise stated.

Star Rating

Please note that my star rating system isn’t at all based on literary merit, but is based on my enjoyment for the book.
For me a book that gets five stars, is a book that I really enjoyed, and found difficult to put down.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Unputdownable. Would definitely read again
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Fantastic read. Not to be missed.
⭐️⭐️⭐️Enjoyable read. Would recommend.
⭐️⭐️Wouldn’t read again
⭐️Don’t recommend this book again

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16 thoughts on “H: A History Of The World in 21 Women by Jenni Murray #atozchallenge #nonfiction

  1. I like the sound of this book. I was pleased to see Empress Dowager Cixi there as I read a book about her before visiting China. I found myself defending her to our guide over the stone boat issue.

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  2. This looks like a good one. I’m glad to see she included several authors among those she wrote about. Adding to my TBR list for sure.

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