A recent survey of 400 women which asked them to name the book that has had the greatest impact on their lives revealed some surprising choices. Femail asked its own panel of eminent women from the worlds of politics, business, sport and showbusiness for their choices.
KIM WILDE, 43, TV gardening expert
Garden Plans by Rosemary Verey
Discovering this book certainly had a great impact on my life - it led to my career change, from pop music to gardening and TV presenting. I used it in the early stages of learning about design, and applied its ideas to my own garden at home. It was the first step on my journey into horticulture and shaped my approach to the relationship between plants and design. The joy it inspired in my life is immeasurable.