Athletes and Adventurers
The Wonderful Adventures of Mrs Seacole in Many Lands* (1857) - autobiography of Jamaica-born traveller, healer and entrepreneur Mary Seacole, who tended to wounded soldiers during the Crimean War.
Around the World on Two Wheels: Annie Londonderry's Extraordinary Ride, Peter Zheutlin (2008) - Annie "Londonderry" Kopchovsky was the first woman to bicycle around the world. She carried only a change of clothes and a pearl-handled revolver, funding her trip with advertising banners attached to her bike.
At One with the Sea: Alone Around the World, Naomi James (1979) - New Zealander James recounts the story of how she became the first woman to sail solo round-the-world via the dangerous Cape Horn route, in 1978.
A Thousand Miles Up the Nile*, Amelia Edwards (1888) - English novelist's vivid description of a trip down the Nile in a houseboat.
Through Town and Jungle*, Fanny Bullock Workman and William Hunter Workman (1904) - The story of an epic cycle ride through India, 'from the palm-fringed lands of the extreme south to the ice-bound peaks of the Karakoram'. The Workmans were also keen climbers and in 1906 suffragist Fanny broke a women's altitude record, climbing the 22,735ft Pinnacle Peak in the Himalayas.
America's Girl: The Incredible Story of How Swimmer Gertrude Ederle Changed the Nation, Tim Dahlberg (2009) - Two years after winning a gold medal at the 1924 Olympics, American Gertrude Ederle became the first woman to swim the English Channel and was welcomed home with the biggest ticker tape parade ever seen in Manhattan.
Swimming to Antarctica: Tales of a Long-distance Swimmer, Lynne Cox (2005) - Thrilling and lyrical account of Cox's record-breaking open water swimming adventures, from the English Channel to the Cape of Good Hope, the Bering Strait and the icy waters of Antarctica.
Amy Johnson: Queen of the Air, Midge Gillies (2004) - Pioneering British aviator Amy Johnson was the first woman to fly solo from the UK to Australia in 1930, travelling in a second-hand open cockpit biplane with a basic map and no radio communication.
The Rugged Road, Theresa Wallach (2011) - Remarkable story of Theresa Wallach and Florence Blenkiron, who in 1935 became the first women to ride the length of Africa in a motorcycle, crossing the Sahara without a compass and tackling lions, sand drifts and the French Foreign Legion along the way.
Tracks, Robyn Davidson (1980) - Accompanied by her dog and four camels, Davidson journeys 1,700 miles through the Australian outback.
Full Circle, Ellen Macarthur (2010) - The sailor who broke the world record for fastest solo circumnavigation of the world looks back at the highs and lows of her career and explains why she has retired from racing to take on even bigger challenge.
Maidens' Trip: A Wartime Adventure on the Grand Union Canal, Emma Smith (1948) - In 1943 three young women leave the comfort of their middle-class homes to live aboard a pair of canal boats, hauling cargo between London and Birmingham as part of the war effort.
Full Tilt: Ireland to India with a Bicycle, Dervla Murphy (1965) - Entertaining tale of an epic cycle ride through Europe, Persia, Afghanistan and to India.
Grandma Gatewood's Walk, Ben Montgomery (2014) - Amazing story of a 67-year-old great-grandmother who became the first woman to hike the entire Appalachian Trail.
Queen Bess, Doris L Rich (2015) - Biography of Bessie Coleman, a former manicurist who became the first African American woman to earn her pilot's licence in 1921.
Lois on the Loose, Lois Pryce (2007) - Pryce leaves behind her desk job at the BBC to ride a motorcycle from Alaska to the tip of Argentina.
The Cruellest Journey: 600 Miles By Canoe To The Legendary City Of Timbuktu, Kira Salak (2006) - Salak encounters hippos, tropical storms and rapids to canoe 600 miles down the River Niger from Old Ségou to Timbuktu in Mali.
Wild, Cheryl Strayed (2012) - Grief-stricken after her mother's death, Strayed hikes 1,100 miles down the west coast of America - and finds herself along the way.
Call of the White: Taking the World to the South Pole, Felicity Aston (2011) - Aston recounts how she recruited and led an expedition of eight women from around the world - some of whom had never seen snow before - to ski 900km across Antarctic.
Just a Little Run Around the World: 5 Years, 3 Packs of Wolves and 53 Pairs of Shoes, Rosie Swale-Pope (2009) - Heartbroken after the death of her husband, runner Swale-Pope sets off on a five-year odyssey around the world.
Stop Drifting, Start Rowing: One Woman's Search for Happiness and Meaning Alone on the Pacific, Roz Savage (2013) - Inspiring account of how Savage left behind her high-flying career to row solo across the Pacific.
Savage Summit, Jennifer Jordan (2005) - Story of five female mountaineers - Wanda Rutkiewicz, Liliane Barrard, Julie Tullis, Chantal Mauduit and Alison Hargreaves - who tackled K2, one of the world's most formidable climbs.