One can almost hear the voices of these famous creatives who have opened their hearts to the author echo through these rooms - a Poul Kjærholm chair and a brocade fabric here or a contemporary artwork and an 1800 mirror there - as if the walls themselves could speak. In one chapter, the Sicilian artist Fiona Corsini di San Giuliano says she believes that “homes are a portrait of their owners,” a sentiment echoed by the stylist Marta Ferri, who says you should “do whatever makes you feel good” with your own home, remembering that even as a child, her mother, the well-known interior decorator Barbara Frua De Angeli and an advocate of monochrome, encouraged her to seek out her own style, furnishing and decorating her bedroom her own way with patterned fabrics, which are now her hallmark. The protagonists also include Alice Stori Liechtenstein, JJ Martin, Lisbeth McCoy, Claire Basler, Sue Townsend, Beatrix Ost, Camilla, Amber and Claudia Guinness, Heidi Middleton, Lucilla Bonaccorsi Beccaria and Luisa Beccaria, Anna Maria Coronato, Fiorina and Francesca Golotta, Jessica Grindstaff, Petah Coyne and Dev Stern. They are stylists, designers, artists, chefs, theatre directors and much more besides, all of them entrepreneurs, especially when it comes to blazing their own trails. Robyn Lea sets out her aim in at the very beginning of the book – these women all come from eight different Western countries, but she hopes they will be examples of global emancipation for women everywhere. The author believes we are witnessing a new renaissance. In 1300, a pandemic, the Black Death, raged causing the economic and social collapse of civilisation, from which we emerged with renewed vigour, triggering one of the most prolific and enlightened periods in global culture. Now, alas, history seems to be repeating itself but, according to Lea, the new technologies are enabling creative women to forge new paths towards greater visibility and self-affirmation. As these 20 women have shown.