83 Brilliant Business Books Written by Women

During my monthly outing on Twitter, a Tweet claiming to recommend 10 great biz books caught my eye.

Twitter icon “10 must read books for marketers. (Link to blog.)”

Since I’m an enthusiastic book learner, I naturally thought ‘Oi oi, this sounds interesting!’ and clicked to view the list.

Despite the fact that the list was written by a woman, all 10 of her recommendations were by male authors. I found this a little odd. And then I had a think.

What business books could I recommend to people that were written by women? The vast majority of business books I’ve read through the years have been written by blokes.

I was scrabbling around to even come up with four books by women that I could recommend others! And yet those four are books that I most passionately love and recommend over and over.

I wrote a post about it on LinkedIn, and I was delighted at the deluge of responses! I do enjoy good engagement on LinkedIn, but the post now has over 11k views which is a record for one of my text-only posts.


So many wonderful suggestions! Some I realised that I had read. (The total is now around 7…)

As with any post that does well, I had a couple of naysayers. One guy called it BS (I think he meant bullshit) that I was only asking for female-authored recommendations and that ‘quality is quality’. Quality IS quality my potty-mouthed friend, but isn’t it weird that a woman trying to come up with a list of business books struggles to get any women in there?

Like it or not, women have a different perspective on things than men. Logically, their perspective should be equally represented wherever there should have equality. Oh yeah, that’s EVERYWHERE!

Like it or not, women have a different perspective on things than men. Logically, their perspective should be equally represented wherever there should have equality. Oh yeah, that’s EVERYWHERE!

Janine Coombes


The same goes for people from different races, sexual orientations and neurodiversities. I share the list of wonderful biz books by women below, but it’s still not very diverse. Quite frankly it’s a looking a bit pallid.

Among the post comments, one book coach observed that she sees about a 50:50 gender split of authors coming through her doors, but that more men tend to forge ahead and finish their manuscript than women. Imposter syndrome anyone?

I was lucky enough to be part of Clare Josa’s intake onto her Author Mastermind this year. (I’m writing a book, if you didn’t know.) The programme included a module on ‘Imposter Syndrome for Authors’. And rightly so!

As I’m finding, writing a book brings out all your inner demons. Who are you to write a book? What would your old boss say if she heard you were writing a book! What if you write something that offends someone?

But there’s no doubt in my mind that I’m going to finish it. And I think that’s part of the battle.

I’ve read so many brill business books by blokes but I look forward to adding more by women to my shelves.

In no particular order, as voted for by the people who commented on my LinkedIn post:

5 Second Rule by Mel Robbins
A-Z Pearls of Wisdom For Executive PAs by Lindsay Taylor
Amplify by Holly Chessman
Becoming by Michelle Obama
Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
Big Magic, Daring Greatly by Brene Brown
Bird by Bird by Anne Lammott
Brave Leadership by Kimberly Davies
Brilliant customer service by Debra Stevens
Building A Powerful Personal Brand by Anel Martin
Business is Personal by Penny Power OBE
Buyer Personas by Adele Ravella
Calm the F*ck Down by Sarah Knight
Chillpreneur by Denise Duffield Thomas
Clever Girl Finance by Bola Sokunbi
CoachYaDamnSelf by Natisha Willis
Confessions of a Misfit Entrepreneur by Kate Toon
Dare to Dream Bigger by Clara Josa
Dare to Lead by Brene Brown
Daring Greatly by Brene Brown
Disrupters by Patti Fletcher
Earth is Hiring by Peta Kelly
Entrepreunial You by Dorie Clark
Everybody Writes by Ann Handley
Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway by Susan Jeffers
Financial Recovery by Karen McCall,
Find Your Thing by Lucy Whittington
Get Rich, Lucy Bitch by Denise Duffield-Thomas
Getting It Write by Marilyn Messik
Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis
Grammar Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing by Mignon Fogarty
Hack the Buyer Brain by Kenda Macdonald
How to be a Bawse by Lilly Singh
How To Be A Virtual Assistant by Catherine Gladwyn
How to be really productive by Grace Marshall
How to Own The Room by Viv Groskop
How to style your brand by Fiona Humberstone
Instant Motivation by Chantal Burns
Is This It by Ruth Kudzi
Ish by Lynne Cazaly
Just f**king do it by Noor Hibbert
Lady Balls by Jody Jelas
Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg
Little Black Book by Otegha Uwagba
Live it, Love it, Sell it by Jules White
Marketing – a Love Story by Bernadette Jiwa
Master Content Marketing by Pamela Wilson
Master Content Strategy by Pamela Wilson
Mindset by Carol Dweck
Money Magic by Deborah Price
Multipliers by Liz Wiseman
My SEO Workbook by Akilah Thompkins
Obviously Awesome by April Dunford
Option B by Sheryl Sandberg
Over Coming Under Earning by Barbara Stanny
Playing Big by Tara Mohr
Powerful by Patty McCord
Presence by Amy Cuddy
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain
Radical Candor by Kim Malone Scott
Shark Tales by Barbara Corcoran
She Means Business by Carrie Green
She’s Back by Lisa Unwin
Simple tips, Smart Ideas: Build a Bigger Better Business by Erica Wolfe-Murray
Smart Leaders Sell by Jessica Lorimer
The Art of Goal Getting by Karmin Meckael
The Awakened Woman by Tererai Trent
The Gratitude Diaries by Janice Kaplan
The Kitchen Table Tycoon by Anita Naik
The Multi-Hyphen Method by Emma Gannon
The Successful Author Mindset by Joanna Penn
This Book Means Busines by Alison Jones
Thrive by Arianna Huffington
Time to Think by Nancy Kline
Unsubscribe: How to Kill Email Anxiety, Avoid Distractions and Get REAL Work Done by Jocelyn Glei
Watertight Marketing by Bryony Thomas
Web Copy That Sells by Maria Veloso
Webs of Influence – The psychology of online persuasion by Nathalie Nahai
X-Change: How to torch your work treadmill, retire your boss, dump the ingrates, torment the passive-aggressives, escape the toxic office, get your fierce on and design the career that lets you live, love and laugh after 40 by Lucia Knight
You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero
You Are a Badass at Making Money by Jen Sincero
You Are Meant For More by Andrea Callanan, Emma Van Heusen & more
Your Press Release is Breaking My Heart by Janet Murray

Sherry Bevan, Career Coach and founder of The Confident Mother Book Club also commented with her pick of the 50 of the best book ideas as a perfect gift for ambitious women.

So that was the list of books already published, read and loved by the good people of LinkedIn. I also asked for women to let me know if they’re going to publish a book or know of someone who is.

Here’s that list:

13 Upcoming books from fabulous women many of whom I know!

Brand Before Logo by Lucy Griffin-Stiff
Create Your Lucky Loop by Geraldine Joaquim
Ditching Imposter Syndrome by Clare Josa
Haven Wakes by Fi Phillips
How to be a Thousandsaire by Catherine Adamson
Not a Robot by Debra Stevens
Public Speaking (Exact title TBC) by Annik Petrou
Rewrite Your Story: How to Find Who You Are & Thrive After Burnout by Kay Fabella
The Content Marketing Myth by Janine Coombes
The Curiosity Key by Charlie Whyman
The Return to Study Handbook: Study Skills for Mature, Distance, and Workplace Learners by Chloe Burroughs
The Working Mothers Confessional by Rachel Klaver
Trust (Exact title TBC) by Rachel Klaver

I’m sure there are many more talented women in my network who are writing books but either they didn’t see my post or, is it possible, that they didn’t want to blow their own trumpets?

I hope it’s the former.


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