Want to read a book about a real trailblazing female icon? Then get your hands on Mad Woman, the true story of journalist Nellie Bly.
In 1887 Bly faked insanity in order to be committed to her local asylum and to go undercover to expose the wretched conditions she found there for women. She may have died a hundred years ago (this year marks the centenary), but her themes of mental health, fighting as a woman for professional success and sexual equality were far in advance of her times.
A top summer holiday read. Buy it HERE