Books, feminism

Book review: Bosom Buddies by Violet Zhang and Sally Nixon

If there’s one thing that’s got me through the last few years of working mum life, it’s the power of female friendships – and I flippin’ love seeing them celebrated. In a time where women are often portrayed as bitchy and jealous, it’s great to see a supportive sisterhood, especially in a pretty yet powerful book.

Bosom Buddies by Violet Zhang and Sally Nixon

Bosom Buddies*, written by Violet Zhang and illustrated by Sally Nixon, celebrates 25 different female friendships throughout history, including the likes of the Bronte sisters, Marilyn Monroe & Ella Fitzgerald, Tina Fey & Amy Poehler and Malala Yousafzai & Muzoon Almellehan. I wasn’t already aware of most of these female friendships and it made for an interesting read. While I’ve enjoyed reading recent releases about strong women (Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls, Bygone Badass Broads, HerStory, Elizabeth Warren), I particularly love that this book focuses on women supporting women.

It will probably come as no surprise to you that I was most intrigued by the friendships between seemingly competing female writers. It reminded me of the bloggersphere and how this fantastic community of writers can be so inspiring and encouraging.

The book itself, as is often the case with publishers Abrams + Chronicle, is a thing of beauty. I love the acetate jacket (I’ve not seen it before on a hardback) and the entire cover design is brilliant. Looks like a fab night in!

Bosom Buddies by Violet Zhang and Sally Nixon

Each friendship is accompanied by a colourful illustration, adding to the playful feel of the book, as well as a quote from the women themselves.

Bosom Buddies by Violet Zhang and Sally Nixon

Bosom Buddies by Violet Zhang and Sally Nixon

The introduction encourages the reader to pass the book on to a friend when finished and I totally would – if I could bear to part with my beautiful books! I’ll certainly be gifting a few to my own bosom buddies, however.

*I was sent a copy for review purposes and all thoughts are my own

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Apologies for the somewhat naff photos. I broke the bulb on our one remaining studio light and need to replace them so I can shoot in the office again…

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