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MonthThemeBookAuthor
RBC Impact Rating
RBC ReviewLondon Meetup VenueCocktail (by Mix & Muddle)Vote Result ( + the other books)
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April 15Pilot in BaliStartupsZero to OnePeter Theil8The Onion Collective, BaliMojito + OneExclusive!
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May-151MixHappiness by DesignPaul Dolan8Virgin HQ RoofDuppy ShareCreativity Inc / Tribes
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Jun-152ProductivityThe One ThingGary Keller6Underbelly, SouthbankMojito's
An Optimists Tour of the Future / Reasons to Stay Alive
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Jul-153MixThis Changes EverythingNaomi Klein7Futerra with Ed GillespieMix & MuddleSapiens / Quiet: The Power of Introverts
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Aug-154MixNever Eat AloneKeith Ferrazi6Huckletree FarringdonKingbloom
The Omnivore's Dilemma / The Story of the Human Body
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Sep-155MixDoing Good BetterWilliam MacAskill9Work Life CamdenThe Obstacle is the Way / Peers Inc
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Oct-156MixWild CourageElle Harrison6WeWork Devonshire PlaceBeerBods
Reinventing Organizations / The Incredible Unlikeliness of Being
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Nov-157Extraodinary LivesAn Astronaut's Guide to Life on EarthChris Hadfield9Bathtub to BoardroomGuns n RoseI am Malala / Meditations
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Dec-158Inside our MindsThe Chimp ParadoxDr. Steven Peters7Popup ShopMix & MuddleBrain Rules / The Talent Code
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Jan-169Work habitsThe Power of HabitCharles Duhigg8Work Life CamdenThinking Fast & Slow / Remote
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Feb-1610MixThis is HappeningRohan Gunatillake7WeWork Liverpool StThe Rise of Robots / Life on the Edge
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Mar-1611HustleThe Art of AskingAmanda Palmer8Airbnb HQ'The Boston Cooler'Wild / We Should All be Feminists
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Apr-1612Extraodinary LivesCity of LiesRamita Navai8Huckletree
Undercover Jihadi Bride / Nothing is True and Everything is Possible
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May-1613
Unconventional Economics
23 Things they don't tell you about CapitalismHa-Joon Chang6Virign Startup - 1st Birthday!
The Flat White Economy / The Undercover Economist
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Jun-1614FoodGutGiulia Enders7Blacksmith & ToffeemakerThe Omnivore's Dilemma / Eating Animals
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Jul-1615RethinkDataclysmChristian Rydduer7Victoria GardensHarry Bromptons PicnicFeral / Cradle to Cradle
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Aug-1616EgoEgo is the EnemyRyan Holiday8Escape the City Exclusive!
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Sep-1617Adventure ClassicsA Long Way HomeSaroo Brierly8Launch 22, Old StreetTouching the Void / The Lost City of Z
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Oct-1618RiskBlack Box ThinkingMatthew Syed7Work Life London FieldsBlack Box BromptonsBorn to Run / A Life Without Limits
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Nov-1619Women & WorkGirl BossSophia Amaruso5
Qubit w/ Gabi Hershman, Pippa Murray
Unfinished Business / The Glass Wall
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Dec-1620Future of EducationCreative SchoolsKen Robinson8Airbnb HQ'Sir Ken'Educating Ruby / The Smartest Kids in the World
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Jan-1721Life HackingTools of TitansTim Ferriss10
Great way to start the year. His best podcast interviews with some remarkable characters condensed into short chapters covering health, wealth & wisdom (my favourite).
Work Life London FieldsYour Titan, My WayExclusive!
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Feb-1722Young Role ModelsIn Order to LiveYeonmi Park8
A young North Korean girl escapes. Brave is an understatement. Its hard to imagine that this type of existence is a reality still today.
WeWork Devonshire Place'Bravery'The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind / I am Malala
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Mar-1723ReinventionReinvent YourselfJames Altucher5
So much wit and wisdom but pretty hard to follow as its literally a stream of consciousness. James was great in our skype chat.
Doodle BarExclusive!
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Apr-1724Modern CrimeThe Dark NetJamie Bartlett8
A surprisingly engaging journey into the people who live in the online world of crime, porn, and destructive chat-rooms. The chapters on teenage suicide and anorexia were frightening. Jamie is a brilliant guide and journalist.
Launch 22, Old StreetThe Dark RootsNarconomics / The Snowden Files
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May-1725Childs Eye ViewLittle WinsPaul Lindley7
A mission driven entrepreneur who harnessed his toddler’s frank feedback — ‘The Red One’ to build the very successful Ella’s Kitchen. Paul is a great advocate of purposeful business and playfulness.
Virgin Startup - 2nd Birthday!Orange SquashExclusive!
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Jun-1726
Alternative Political Futures
Utopia for RealistsRutger Bregman9
The most positive political book I’ve read in a while. Bregman makes the seemingly radical ideas of Universal Basic Income, a 15 hour work week and mass open borders, seriously compelling.
Work Life Clerkenwell'Utopian'Hope in the Dark / Moranifesto
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Jul-1727Live ForeverHomo DeusYuval Noah Harari9
Sapiens was my book of the year for 2016, and Homo Deus — a short history of the future — is a brilliant attempt to match it. Harari is a masterful synthisiser and his glimpses into where we might be going are as exciting as they are frightening.
WeWork Paddington DeckCold, Calculated100 Year Life / Superintelligence
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Aug-1728Miss-AdventureMiss-AdventureAmy Baker7
Amy’s straight talking and painfully honest tales of her travels in South America were really entertaining, as was her Q&A session with the book club in the park.
Green ParkAmy's Pisco PartyPants of Perspective / RTW Taxi
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Sep-1729HistoryThe Silk RoadsPeter Frankopan8
Probably the most ambitious book we’ve taken on at RBC and the only one this year I didn’t quite finish. Silk Roads re-tells history as if the Middle East, and not Europe, is the centre of the world. Peter kindly spoke to us about how and why he wrote it which made it even more impactful.
Huckletree West'The Silk Road'SPQR: An Ancient History of Rome / Worth Dying For
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Oct 1730GenderHow Not To Be a BoyRobert Webb9
The most surprising book of the year for me, both in terms of how entertaining I found Robert’s awkward tales of growing up not wanting to the be ‘the boy’ his family and society expected him to be and, also how impactful a discussion it created about masculinity.
Work Life Clerkenwell'My Man' Girls Will Be Girls / Trans Like Me
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Nov 1731SleepSleep SmarterShawn Stevenson6
Like all good life hacks, sleep is a big one. This popular book shows you how to master sleep. Maybe not the ideal read for a Dad of 3 kids under 3!
The LibraryThe Sleep Revolution / Sleep
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Dec 1732Random100 Year LifeLinda Gratton9
The one book I read this year that takes a big subject — increased life expectancy- and made it relevant and realistic to my current life and work. Compelling, useful and a little bit scary.
LeWagon100 Year MedicineWomen & Power / Choose Life
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Jan 1833Brene Brown Theme!Braving the WildernessBrene Brown5
Brene’s writing is often mentioned at RBC. This book on ‘belonging’ had some great nuggets without ever getting into full flow, unlike the conversation it ignited at our meetup.
Huckletree Liverpool St
Be Bold, Be Brave, Be Gingerbread
Daring Greatly / Rising Strong
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Feb 1834Race & Immigration
Why I'm no longer talking to white people about race
Reni Eddo-Lodge10
A challenging blog post that has become a book phenomenon. Reni’s articulate reflection on white privilege cut through many assumptions and generated the best conversation I’ve heard at RBC.
Zinc HQRose Tinted GlassesThe Good Immigrant / Black & British
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Mar 1835CryptocurrencyBlockchain RevolutionDon Tapscott4
For one of the most exciting ideas to emerge into the world today, the book didn’t quite match the hype. But it did serve as a useful introduction to this disruptive technology and our meetup revealed that there were plenty of crypto investors and players in our club.
Rise LondonDecentralizedDigital Gold / Cryptocurrency
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April 1836Future of FoodEating AnimalsJonathan Safran Foer9
Food. Always a good topic and although this book is a few years old, it seems more prescient than ever. Safran Foer’s detailed tour through the meat and dairy industry is enough to challenge any open-minded carnivore without being earnest. The kind of book you want to give to people.
Work Life Clerkenwell'The Rose Mary'Dead Zone / Farmageddon
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May 1837Career HackingDesigning Your Life
Bill Burnett & Dave Evans
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Nice framing on how to think about work and career like a designer and useful tools and guidance to make it happen. You’ll likely need more than this book to turn it into a reality. I’d recommend the Escape School or Nomad MBA.
Huckletree 'Prototype'Pivot / So Good They Can't Ignore You
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June 1838Undercover JobsThe Secret BarristerThe Secret Barrister8
The theme of ‘undercover jobs’ was won by this brilliant and disturbing insiders view of the criminal justice system. All is not what it seems. Our mock trial at the RBC meetup proved the point of the book.
Virgin Startup'The Mistaken Icon'Hired / This is Going to Hurt
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July 1839Pirates!Be More PirateSam Conniff Allende8
Sam makes the case that the Golden Age Pirates have had their story mis-told. They are in fact, the role models we’ve been looking for: fighting for justice, equality, and freedom! Fun, outlandish and a fresh take on how, inspired by pirates, we might work and live in stormy times.
Ticketmaster Den'If in doubt...RUM'Exclusive!
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August 1840Travel ClassicsZen & The Art of Motorcycle MaintenanceRobert Prisig7
On the theme of travel, we read ‘Zen’ at RBC and despite the dense prose, I was engaged by the intricate metaphor of maintaining the machine and the author’s shaky mental health.
Boutique Workplace CoThe Value of Greece
As I walked out one midsummer morning / Our of Africa
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Sept 1841SimplicityWabi SabiBeth Kempton8
We’d heard of Tsundoku (the growing pile of unread books on your bedside table), and often discussed Ikagi (finding the sweet spot — purpose — in our work). Beth serenely introduces another Japanese philosophy-in-a-phrase, Wabi Sabi, how to find beauty in imperfection.
Boutique Workplace Co'This' Exclusive!
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Oct 1842Transgender JourneysThe Gender GamesJuno Dawson9
A popular theme at RBC, Juno proved to be an excellent and entertaining guide into the wild world of gender transition and cleverly helps the reader realise how big a role ‘gender’ plays throughout our lives, whoever we are.
Huckletree Shoreditch'The Blend'Believe Me / Trans Like Me
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Nov 1843PlasticTurning the Tide on PlasticLucy Siegle8
Lucy has been fighting the environmental cause on the BBC and beyond for a long-time. But her time has come with the swell in interest in fighting plastic and her book captures the scale of the problem and how we can tackle it whoever we are
Work Life Clerkenwell'Shrapnel on the Surf'How to Give Up Plastic / Zero Waste Home
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Dec 1844Seth This Is MarketingSeth Godin9
Seth joined us via skype for our final RBC of 2018, brilliantly articulating the importance of focusing on your ‘smallest viable audience’ and making something specifically for them. Its common business sense of course, but not something that we put into practise as much as we could. An easy, story-driven and insight-laden read.
Airbnb HQLove Excellence, as a LocalExclusive!
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Jan 201945Work SmartAtomic HabitsJames Clear10
The best balanced (psychology + practical action) on habits forming and breaking that I've read. The kind of book that pushes you to start changing things straight away. Have recommended it a lot already.
Boutique Workplace CoStack & AutomateStealing Fire / Hyperfocus
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Feb 201946Body PositivityJust Eat ItLaura Thomas7
Fun and passionate challenge to diet culture. Insights:
- Accepting that babies/kids regulate their feeding but adults don' > society undermined trust in our own bodies (minds)
- Language (especially with children) needs to be managed carefully...pudding incentives etc..
- Gherline is the hunger hormone...'gherlin makes your tummy grumble' (spot the diff between physical & emotional hunger')
- Emotional eating is a prob when its the ONLY way of coping
- Diet culture is everywhere, a bit like 'gym culture' and most of the time it really isn't helpful
- Laura would be fun to have dinner with!

Most interesting Chapters: HUNGER, FEELING YOUR FULNESS, GENTLE NUTRITION,

Personal Actions:
- Be more aware of food language around my children (and in general)
- Understand that for many people, relationship with food is more complex that you might assume
- Eat More Plants!

Q for Laura: It seems we live in a time where knowing so much more about what we eat is empowering but also brings the burden of the perceived good/bad it can do to ourselves/society/the environment. Do you agree?
Perseverance WorksComfortably NumbAm I Ugly / Body Positive Power
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Mar 201947Artificial IntelligenceLife 3.0Max Tegmark8
A solid overview over the wild future of AI with a brilliant fable at the start of the book about a company that produces the world's first AI that can re-make itself and what might happens next. Frightening, engrossing and a vital book.
Habito HQPrometheusSurviving AI / The Rise of Robots
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April 201948Human EconomicsDoughnut EconomicsKate Raworth9
Economics is broken, can the ‘doughnut’ save us? This is the economics book (and theory) I wish I’d been taught at school. Compelling, clear and passionate. Kate was equally convincing and energising at our London meet, one of my most recommended books in recent years. Send to all world leaders now!
Zopa HQWhen are you Satisfied?Exclusive!
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May 201949Bad BusinessBad BloodJohn Carreyrou8
In 2014, Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes was widely seen as the female Steve Jobs: a brilliant Stanford dropout whose startup “unicorn” promised to revolutionise the medical industry with a machine that would make blood tests significantly faster and easier. How did the investors not do their due-diligence at such scale? A wild, frightening ride into a broken Silicon Valley culture and psychology of a sociopath. A brave piece of investigative journalism too. Reads like a thriller.
UnderpinnedClouded in DeterminationAmerican Kingpin / Dark Edge
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June 201950Modern MortalityAll the Ghosts in the MachineElaine Kasket8
A glimpse into the future of digital life after real death. Painful, remarkable and one of the most thought-provoking reads in a while. It’s complicated!
KnowtelProseco + Tony'sWith the End in Mind / When Breath Becomes Air
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July 201951Altered (mental) StatesHow to Change Your MindMichael Pollen9
Take a 60 something who has never tried psychadelics and follow the journey. Wonderful mix of history, science and experiment.
Entrepreneur FirstMindjuiceWalking with Einstein / The Awakened Ape
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August 201952Personal FinanceMoney: A User's GuideLaura Whateley7
Cuts through the panic of personal finances and reminds you of what the basics (tax, pensions, mortgages, simple investments) you should have learnt a long time ago. Laura is a great guide to sensibly managing money and gave our members — and me — lots of great tips.
Zopa HQA User's Guide to MixersExclusive!
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September 201953Planetary EmergencyThere is No Planet BMike Berners-Lee8
A surprisingly clear and useful guide to how to tackle the climate crisis. We turned our meet into a ‘pub quiz’ to help cement the books key data which is both shocking and galvanising.
Huckletree, White CityThe Stats Don't LieThis is Not a Drill / Human Planet
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October 201954Losing Our MindsLost ConnectionsJohann Hari10
The book that led to our largest ever turnout at an RBC meet-up (270 in Soho) and a topic that clearly resonates with many. Johann’s skill is to tell his painful personal journey exploring recovery from depression without traditional drugs, whilst questioning the industry behind them. A lot of his ‘connections’ seemed blindingly obvious, but maybe that’s the point.
Huckletree, SohoThis is Not Your SageReasons to Stay Alive / Mad Girl
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November 201955Fake NewsYou Are What You ReadJodie Jackson7
Bad news sells but good news is needed more. Jodie was an excellent guide as we shared and explored our media diets. My biggest insight: Read the news less regularly (not a few times a day), but when you do read the news, read more diversely and in more depth (beyond the headlines).
Storey Club, PaddingtonThe Influence Factfulness / Breaking News
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December 201956On the Front Line
In Extremis: The Life of War Correspondent Marie Colvin
Lindsey Hilsum9
I didn’t know the story of Marie Colvin until I opened this book, but My God, what a life! Colvin saw more war than most veteran soldiers and it’s not surprising perhaps that her personal life was chaotic and her own health poor. But, incredible bravery and a constant mission to share human stories of suffering to try and bring change. Impossible not to be moved or inspired.
Samsara, AldgateFlee The Chaos, Join the ChoasEmergency Sex / Undercover Jihadi Bride
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January 202057Dream Big, Start SmallThe Doorstep MileAl Humphreys6
A 'marmite' book for our members. It was either: "wow, that just what I needed, I'm off to do make things happen and this book has inspired and kicked me into action..." or "That didn't work for me / nothing new / felt like a collection of blog posts..." In person at our meet-ups, Al Humphreys, took on the challenging questions humbly and helpfully. My personal reflection is that although I know a lot of the lessons its always good to be reminded and putting them into action is worth re-reading a book like The Doorstep Mile when the time is right.
Underpinned + Huckletree West
Start SmallExclusive!
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February 202058Fast FashionFashionopolisDana Thomas8
An intense, first-hand tour of the horror of the real world of fashion followed by a much more hopeful journey meeting the innovative and passionate leaders of the future of the industry. Really engaged our members and galvanised lots of action. Dana was wonderful on our first podcast episode too.
Underpinned + Huckletree West
Binary IntentionsTo Die For / How to Break Up with Fast Fashion
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March 202059Power ShiftsNew Power
Henry Trimms & Jeremy Heimans
7Hopin with Jeremy HeimanWho Can You Trust? / Winners Take All
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April 202060Stories of ResilienceMidnight in ChernobylAdam Higginbotham9
This book reminded me of the importance of learning from history to help navigate an uncertain future. It helped me understand some of the history of Soviet Russia & nuclear power. But above all, it is a giant case study in poor leadership (mainly due to the culture of the political system) leading to disaster and the heroic response of people to save lives on an unimaginable scale. A lot of conversation at the moment is, understandably, about looking forward. But this book (and brilliant TV series) might be one of the more powerful lessons in how - and how not - to prevent, prepare and respond to a crisis.
Hopin with Dame Sue Vegan White RussianVote Result
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May 202061ParadiseThe Awakened ApeJevan Pradas3
"The happiest people in the world don't wear underwear." A great opening line for any book. Although there was plenty of interest in the book's spiritual themes and practical well-being applications (squatty potty's and no shampoo living), the majority of our members found the book contentious in its language used to describe interactions with women, problematic undertones of ableism and shortsighted conclusions about the ‘ideal body shape’. Whilst we did our upmost to give Jevan the chance to respond to our concerns (he kindly responded to our questions and calls), we didn’t feel he was able to grasp or acknowledge the complexity and magnitude of the themes we had picked up on. Jevan's response was essentially that 'they were jokes' about the men, not the women. Clearly, we didn't get it but hope that our feedback (several hundred of us started the book) will be taken on for future edits/books by the author.
Hopin: 5th BirthdayReligion for Athiests / Eat Pray Love
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June 202062Gender BiasInvisible WomenCaroline Criado Perez9
Hopin with 4 x Gender Gap Specialists
UnbiasedThe Guilty Feminist / The Gendered Brain
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July 202063IconsRise UpStormzyBowie A Life / Clothes Music Boys
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