In The Lounge

“I love how brutally honest Brené is”
Fearne Cotton on International Women’s Day

To celebrate International Women’s Day this week we will be asking our wonderful authors about their literary heroines. Today we are kicking things off in style as we’re joined by the fabulous Fearne Cotton, join us on Twitter or Facebook to tell us about your heroines for #WonderWomen16

As soon as I finished the first page of Brené Brown‘s The Gifts Of Imperfection I knew I’d found my new heroine. Each page of this book made me zone out the noise around me, allowing every word to jump out from the page. I breathed a huge sigh of relief after devouring particular chapters – so much of her writing rang true with how I felt. It made me reassess and revisit events in my life from a completely different angle. This book makes you peel back layers you had no idea existed, to see the real reason behind why you’re feeling hurt or anxious, or why you simply can’t bare to recall certain memories.

I love how brutally honest Brené is about her personal story as this enables you to view your own supposed misgivings in an equally open and raw way. She lays it all out on the table, even her most guarded emotions. She gives ‘shame’ and ‘vulnerability’ a rebranding in order to show us how valuable and life-changing these emotions can be. Brené is best-known for her powerful TED talks and is a prolific author, sharing her comprehensively researched statistics and laugh-out-loud true life stories. I’ve since read The Gifts of Imperfect Parenting which has, again, allowed me to step back from what I perceive to be wrong or off-course, and approach parenthood from a wholehearted place.

Her books never seem preachy or bound by rules, instead they offer up anecdotes that are easily relatable as well as practical examples of how to deal with our own stories courageously. Her words have helped me with work nerves, parenting a toddler and the other relationships around me. For that I thank her and hold her high as my female icon of the twentieth century.

Find out more about our #Wonderwomen16 here

Fearne’s debut cookbook Cook Happy, Cook Healthy is out in June.