Bookshelfie: Jess Phillips

Outspoken Labour MP Jess Phillips tells Yomi why she was always destined for a life helping others, and how her favourite book helped her realise she was pregnant. 

Jess has represented Birmingham Yardley in parliament since 2015, and currently serves in Keir Starmer’s shadow cabinet on the front bench as Shadow Minister for Domestic Violence and Safeguarding. She’s never been afraid to be outspoken - be it about her dislike of Jeremy Corbyn, critiquing current domestic violence legislation, or revealing the mass of abuse, trolling and death threats  she receives simply by virtue of being a female Member of Parliament who’s not afraid to speak her mind. 


Jess’s book choices are

** Wild Swans by Jung Chang 

** How to be a Woman by Caitlin Moran

** Heartburn by Nora Ephron

** Peepo by Janet and Alan Aalberg 

** The Color Purple by Alice Walker


Every week, join journalist and author Yomi Agedoke, and inspirational guests, including Elizabeth Day, Sara Pascoe and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie as they celebrate the best books written by women. The Women’s Prize for Fiction is one of the most prestigious literary awards in the world, and has been running for over 25 years, and this series will offer unique access to the shortlisted authors and the 2021 Prize winner. 

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