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Suzanne Virdee is an award-winning TV journalist. She presents the national weekend news for ITV and also works for the BBC, most recently for Radio 4 and the documentary series Inside Out. As someone of mixed heritage (her father is Indian, her mother white English) she is passionate about empowering girls from all backgrounds to believe they can achieve their dreams, just like she did. Follow her on Twitter: @SuzanneVirdee, or on Instagram or FB.
From finding your sparkle (which the author defines as “unleashing the natural talent inside you” and "feeling and believing you can do anything”), to dealing with anti-social media, Suzanne Virdee’s A Girls’ Guide to Being Awesome is a pitch-perfect guidebook for girls navigating the confusing path to adulthood. The author, an award-winning TV journalist and radio broadcaster, contextualises her approach and advice through her experience as a tenacious, aspiring journalist who refused to give up. Sassy inspirational soundbites (“life is tough but so are you”; “success is a decision”; “don’t wish for it, work for it”) sit alongside detailed discussions of big issues, among them education, anxiety, sex and online grooming. The book also suggests empowering practical exercises, and provides nicely-designed space for readers to jot down their own thoughts on the likes of dreams and ambitions, using one’s sparkle, social media, and feminist icons, which will surely prompt deeper thinking and help young women hone valuable life skills.