Three stories fromExtraordinary Women

This week our selections range from teenage day dreams to the realities of real life. At the heart of all three stories are extraordinary women so the coffee we have selected is Ingana, our limited edition coffee from Uganda. It’s a perfect match! We created this coffee to celebrate projects, supported by us, that empower our women coffee farmers and teach them additional skills in finance and sewing.

Take a sip of a coffee that bursts with citrus, caramel and tropical fruit flavour notes and dive into these stories. With every cup you’re celebrating our growers as their help their communities to build a brighter future. You can find out more here.

A story for our times: The Language of Kindness by Christie Watson

Can you believe that no woman working in medicine had written her story until Christie Watson took up her pen and wrote The Language of Kindness? We couldn’t quite believe it either, but this book originally published in 2018 is a powerful insight into what it takes to be a nurse and to see people at their lowest and their most vulnerable. This year the author returned to the frontline to fight coronavirus epidemic.

Why we love it:

This is not just a book about sickness and health, about death and life but it is a powerful insight into the women and men who care for us when we’re unable to care for ourselves. More than that it is powerful call for compassion and kindness in a world where those things can sometimes be in short supply.


A story that you’ll want to share: I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith

Most people know that Dodie Smith wrote 101 Dalmations, but I Capture the Castle is one of her best kept secrets. It is the story of teenager Cassandra Mortmain, whose father moved his family to  a crumbling, leaking and freezing castle in the middle of nowhere. If that wasn’t enough, Cassandra has to deal with her increasingly eccentric family as well as the trials and tribulations of growing up.

Once you have read this, you’ll want to recommend it to all your mates… and probably a few people you meet on the street too. You’ll also be kicking yourself that you didn’t read it before.

Why we love it:

It contains one of the most surprising opening lines ever written ‘I write this sitting in the kitchen sink…’ This is the perfect story to escape into; the story is entertaining, and the characters are larger than life. Not only are there lots of top tips for frugal living including dressing on a budget by dyeing all your clothes seagreen, but also dealing with your family . Perfect for reading with a child, a friend or just on your own. This is one book that  you’ll come back to time and time again.


Something inspired by real life: The Less Dead by Denis Mina

What is it about Scotland that makes it such a rich field for crime and thrillers? Denise Mina’s new novel is a story of a daughter looking for a mother, a family history and the search for a killer. Margo was adopted soon after birth but when she tracks down her aunt, she finds that her mother was killed soon after. But the killer is still lurking in the shadows and her aunt needs Margo’s help to find him.

Why we love it:

Not only is this a cracking read, but it makes you think about importance of identity, what makes you the person you’re how we value the people close to us. Denise Mina always receives praise from her fellow authors and in this book you can see exactly why. If you enjoy this why not check out The Long Drop which was named one of The Times/Sunday Times Crime Club’s top ten crime books of the last decade

We will be back next week with more recommendations for coffee and books but in the meantime, remember to enter the competition!

Written byAbigail Sawyer

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