Five Sons and a Hundred Muri of Rice, written by Sharyn Steel and Zoe Dryden is the life story of Kharika, a Nepalese woman, who was married at the age of five, and abused when she had daughters not sons.
Now in her nineties, she is am amazing survivor, owning rice fields in southern Nepal and micro lending to other villagers. She use stones for her calculations, as she doesn’t read or write. The title of the book was her mantra when she visited a small Hindu temple in the Himalayas, and living with her husband and a second wife he had taken.She has had 12 children and helped look after four children of the second wife after she died.
Sharyn Steel's book Struggling to Fly is the story
of a young woman who struggles to enter the male
world of general journalism in 1969.
Catapulting through the changes for women in the workforce in New Zealand over the next twenty years, she breaks down barriers, and involves in protests, political changes and motherhood.
She experiences a secret service investigation in the 1970's and becomes a business editor in the 1980's.