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Publishing today to coincide with International Women’s Day
About the book
We: A Manifesto for Women Everywhere by Gillian Anderson and Jennifer Nadel
Imagine a sisterhood—across all creeds and cultures. An unspoken agreement that we, as women, will support and encourage one another. That we will remember we don’t know what struggles each of us may be facing elsewhere in our lives and so we will assume that each of us is doing our best…
So begins We: an inspiring, empowering and provocative manifesto for change. Change which we can all effect, one woman at a time. Change which provides a crucial and timely antidote to the ‘have-it-all’ Superwoman culture and instead focuses on what will make each and every one of us happier and more free. Change which provides an answer to the nagging sense of ‘is that it?’ that almost all of us can succumb to when we wake in the dead of night.
Written by actress Gillian Anderson and journalist Jennifer Nadel—two friends who for the last decade have stumbled along together, learning, failing, crying, laughing and trying again—We is a not a theoretical treatise but instead a rallying cry to create a life that has greater meaning and purpose.
Combining tools which are practical, psychological and spiritual, it is both a process and a vision for a more fulfilling way of living. And a truly inspiring vision of a happier, more emotionally rewarding future we can all create together…
About the authors
Gillian Anderson is an award-winning film, television and theatre actor and producer, writer and activist, speaking out regularly on issues ranging from feminism to climate change. She lives in London with her daughter and two sons.
Jennifer Nadel is an award-winning broadcast journalist, qualified attorney, writer and activist. American born, she lives in London with her three sons.
‘This book doesn’t come from lofty heights. It comes from two friends who have stumbled along together, trying, failing, crying, laughing, learning and trying again.’—Gillian Anderson & Jennifer Nadel
‘It’s about women coming together to share troubles and joys without feeling we are in competition’—Gillian Anderson
We outlines nine principles to help you get to know yourself and equip you with the skills to cope when life seems overwhelming. They are: honesty, acceptance, kindness, courage, trust, peace, humility, love and joy.
We all do it: tell ourselves we’re OK when we’re not; that we don’t mind when we do, and say yes when we mean no. We override our instinct in the name of being practical or polite. We bury our dreams and then help others fulfil theirs. We disguise and shape ourselves to conform to an artificial feminine ideal only to then suffer the consequences: depression, relationship problems, anger issues, addiction and despair. Think of yourself as the archaeologist of your own life. Ask yourself questions as you would someone else you were studying. When was the last time you were happy with your life? Why was that?
For the chance to win one of 10 copies of We, email Shontell.Samuels@harpercollins.com.au.