Bookshelfie: Paris Lees

Journalist and writer Paris Lees tells Yomi why being trans is only part of her identity, as she explores her top five books by women. 


Paris is the editor of META, a new publication devoted to gender issues, a contributing editor at British Vogue, she has columns with Gay Times and DIVA and appears in The Guardian, VICE and Pink News. In 2013 she was given the title of most influential LGBT person in Britain and became the first high-profile transgender woman to break into the mainstream media. Her new book, What it Feels Like for a Girl, is a memoir on growing up as a working class child in Nottingham - and it is out now. 


Paris’s book choices are:

** The Life and Loves of a She Devil by Fay Weldon

** Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

** The Color Purple by Alice Walker 

** Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race  by Reni Eddo Lodge 

** Simple Passion by Annie Ernaux

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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