London’s BIG READ 2019


London’s BIG READ, organised by LIBRARY, is now in its second year and aims to bring London together through reading books that expand our understanding of our community and express the diversity of this great city. Over the next ten months, the 2019 campaign is designed to encourage Londoners to get excited about reading, discover new books, and vote for their ‘favourite book of 2019’. A range of fiction and non-fiction titles, including poetry, middle grade and YA, have been selected to be part of London’s BIG READ 2019.

The theme this year is ‘Female Empowerment’ and fourteen books by female authors have made it to the shortlist.

Londoners, and visitors to the capital, will be invited to vote online for their favourite book from World Book Day (March 7, 2019) through to June 30,2019. The shortlisted authors, and their books, will be promoted through a series of talks and events at LIBRARY, centred on the topic of female empowerment, including mental health, family, relationships, gender equality, careers/work and much more.

London’s BIG READ 2019 has partnered with the Children’s Literary Charity and Ndoro Children’s Charity and aims to raise money through myriad fundraising activities throughout the year, culminating in a gala ceremony and fundraising auction in September 2019 to announce the winner.

Non fiction:

  • What Would Boudicca Do? Everyday Problems Solved by History’s Most Remarkable Women by Elizabeth Foley & Beth Coates

  • Remember This When You’re Sad by Maggy Van Eijk

  • Help Me! One Woman’s Quest to Find Out if Self Help Really Can Change Her Life by Marianne Power

  • A History of the World in 21 Women: A Personal Selection by Jenni Murray

  • I’m Absolutely Fine! A Manual for Imperfect Women by Annabel Rivkin & Emilie McMeekan

  • Everything I Know About Love by Dolly Alderton


  • The Water Cure by Sophie Mackintosh


  • The Dizziness of Freedom by Bad Betty Press

  • The Things I Would Tell You: British Muslim Women Write edited by Sabrina Mahfouz

Young adult:

  • Emily Knight I Am … Awakened by Abiola Bello

  • Big Bones by Laura Dockrill

  • Only Love Can Break Your Heart by Katherine Webber


  • Fearless Mirabelle by Katie Haworth and Nila Aye

  • Three Cheers For Women by Marcia Williams

Published 26 February 2019