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Confessions to a Serial Womaniser:

Secrets of the World's Inspirational Women

Zerbanoo Gifford

What links a hugging saint, a ground-breaking scientist who took on the multinationals, a French Resistance heroine who took on the Gestapo, a judge who took on Saddam Hussein, a high flier who was educated by an elephant, a spiritual giantess who danced with Fred Astaire, the original Cosmopolitan Girl, a politician who lives with two Oscars, a Bollywood actress worshipped by millions, a Chinese entrepreneur immortalized on a postage stamp and a princess who is able to touch her nose with her toes?

They are just some of the extraordinary women you'll encounter in Confessions to a Serial Womaniser: Secrets of the World's Inspirational Women. In the first venture of its kind the book contains the wisdom of over 200 of the world's most dynamic women, who speak frankly about everything: their mothers, families, education, men, gurus, love, feminism, fairy stories, failures and successes. In an era that worships celebrity, this is a celebration of true celebrities – women who will leave a lasting legacy enriching the lives of future generations.

Author and social campaigner Zerbanoo Gifford has completed an epic challenge of meeting and documenting the lives and careers of hundreds of inspirational women, from 60 countries and every field of endeavour. Women who have excelled whether it be in the world of business or government, the arts or science, academia or religion.

What emerges from their stories is a unique portrait of womankind at the start of the twenty-first century. Each has an individual perspective and experience of life and together they build a complete picture of women speaking with a powerful and collective voice.

The women have a magical presence which has been captured in a set of specially commissioned portraits by the artist Jeroo Roy, Women – a world of inspiration . The 208 paintings will go on view at the National Portrait Gallery from 17 th September 2007 for one week and then go on a national and international tour.

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Article first published 06/08/07

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