Bookshelfie: Emeli Sandé

We are closing the season with a bang as multi award-winning singer songwriter Emeli Sandé joins host Zawe Ashton to tell her how women’s writing supported her through her journey from quiet medical student to chart-topping megastar. 


Emeli doesn’t really need an introduction, as you’ve undoubtedly heard of her, or her incredible music. She’s got an MBE, she performed at the London Olympics opening AND closing ceremonies, and she’s been making brilliant music for over a decade. She’s one of those artists who manages to be both other worldly and someone you really think you should be friends with all at once. 


Emeli’s book choices are: 

** I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings  by Dr Maya Angelou 

** I, Born a Woman and Distressed by Edna St. Vincent Millay

** Half of a Yellow Sun  by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

** A Room of One’s Own  by Virginia Woolf 

** Maria Callas: The Woman Behind the Legend by Arianna Huffington


Zawe Ashton, acclaimed actress, director, playwright and author, hosts Season Four of the chart-topping Women’s Prize for Fiction Podcast. The new Women’s Prize Podcast season continues to celebrate the best fiction written by women, by interviewing inspirational women about the books that have most influenced their life and career.


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