Bookshelfie: June Sarpong

We recently caught up with television presenter, broadcaster, campaigner and all-round inspirational woman June Sarpong MBE who gave us a quick insight into her reading habits and her favourite books by women.

June’s top 5 books by women are:


  • Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings


  • Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice


  •  Balli Kaur Jaswal, Erotic Stories of Punjabi Widows


  • Sarah Perry, The Essex Serpent


  • Naomi Alderman, The Power


June said: “I tend to read fiction with strong female protagonists, I like delving into worlds that present women as all that they can be even when the odds are stacked against them.”

June’s first book, Diversify, comes out next month (19th October) – find out more at What do you think of June’s top 5 selections? Share your thoughts by tweeting us @WomensPrize.


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