Book Review: What Would Boudicca Do?




Tired of being talked over? Of social media making you feel crap? Of the pressure to ‘have it all’ and a hot bod too?

Boudicca stuck up for herself and now she can help you do the same. It is time to start channelling the spiky superwomen of history to conquer today. It is time to turn to women like Frida Kahlo and Josephine Baker, Hypatia and Cleopatra, Coco Chanel and Empress Cixi. In this irreverent guide they will help you figure out how to dispatch a loverat, back yourself, kill it at work and trounce FoMo.

With original illustrations by Bijou Karman, What Would Boudicca Do? will make you fired-up and ready for anything.


I want to start off by saying that I think this book is perfect for every girl out there. It’s very diverse and it deals with so many issues that were relevant in the past and still are in the present.

It contains the stories of many important and influential women from history, their issues and the way they’ve dealt with them is used to offer a solution to modern problems. I think the authors wanted to help women deal with the pressures that come with being a modern woman from all the body image concerns to social media and what it does to our identity to juggling family responsibilities, jobs and studies. It’s a perfect how-to guide for the modern woman.


I especially loved how detailed it was with each woman’s story, I’ve learned a lot about many historical figures that I’ve never even heard of prior to reading this book. I’ve read similar books on feminism – showing us women that history forgot about – but this one was quite special because it didn’t focus on the aesthetic or the illustrations, the stories weren’t cut short almost obligating you to check the internet for more. This one was quite thorough and that’s why I loved it. (It was also beautiful, so the aesthetics and illustrations weren’t completely forgotten). Just let me show you that with a few pics. I like how they chose Boudicca as the ‘protagonist’, the one who’s on the cover and in the blurb, because she’s very inspirational, the way she defended her tribe and how she wasn’t afraid to made some hard decisions – I admire her strength and courage. She’s a true icon.

I also discovered Sappho through this book and I’m so happy about it because I had no idea there was an archaic Greek poet who was also a lesbian. The term of sapphic comes from her, I feel so dumb for not knowing about her and her poems before. But right now, I’m looking into them because this book made her sound like a total badass and I just want to know how good her poetry is. I’m also mad that I’ve read quite a few feminist books about historical figures and not even one mentioned Sappho. I mean, she’s a great deal. I’m going to thank this book for changing that and giving her the recognition she needed!


It wasn’t boring reading about the women I knew already either because the format was entertaining – it always had an introduction about the modern issue that the authors were talking about in that specific chapter and then the final paragraph was usually about what we could learn from the life of that particular woman and how we can use what we’ve learned in our modern situations. It was very witty, creative and original. The humor was great, the book was inclusive and I would totally recommend it to anyone who ever felt like being a woman is incredibly difficult at times. It’s also beautiful how this book ends on a positive note, giving a nod to what’s happening at the moment with feminism, showing us that despite our many struggles, many things have changed for the better.


I want to thank Faber & Faber for giving me the chance to read this amazing book. This hadn’t influenced my rating, nor my review in any way.


Have you read What Would Boudicca Do? If you did, what were your thoughts? 

What are some of your favourite women from history?


15 thoughts on “Book Review: What Would Boudicca Do?

  1. Evelina @ AvalinahsBooks says:

    You also got a review copy!! Isn’t it absolutely beautiful though ❤ such an eye candy book to have. I keep wanting to handle it and put it on different shelves haha 😀 even though I've already finished it. I'm so glad you liked it. And I actual had heard of Sappho , but never looked into who she was – I thought she was like one of the mythological characters of something. Turns out she was real! It's so cool.

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    • Marta says:

      It was so beautiful and I love seeing it on my shelf as the cover is breath-taking and so is the spine! ❤
      I think I've heard of Sappho too, but only knew vaguely of her name without knowing anything about who she is, what she's done and so on. Definitely!
      Thank you very much, Evelina!


  2. Gayathri Lakshminarayanan says:

    This is a great review and if I were not already convinced to get this book, I would be after reading your review. I hear strong positive support for the book all around the blogging world. Cheers to that.

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