A moving memoir from a woman who made a fortune in a man's world and then gave it all away...soon to be turned into a film
In 1962, Stephanie 'Steve' Shirley created a software company when the concept of software barely existed. Freelance Programmers employed women to work on complex projects such as Concorde's black box recorder from the comfort of their own home.
Shirley empowered a generation of women in technology, giving them unheard of freedom to choose their own hours and manage their own workloads. The business thrived and Shirley gradually transferred ownership to her staff, creating 70 millionaires in the process.
Let It Go explores Shirley's trail blazing career as an entrepreneur but it also charts her incredible personal story - her dramatic arrival in England as an unaccompanied Kindertransport refugee during World War Two and the tragic loss of her only child who suffered severely from Autism.
Today, Dame Stephanie Shirley is one of Britain's leading philanthropists, devoting most of her time, energy and wealth to charities that are close to her heart. In Let It Go, Shirley tells her inspirational story and explains why giving her wealth away - letting it go - has brought her infinitely more happiness and fulfilment than acquiring it in the first place.
Co-written with Richard Askwith, the former Executive Editor of The Independent and the award-winning author of seven books in his own name, including biographies of Emil Zatopek and Lata Brandisova.
'An extraordinary tale of creativity and resilience' - Guardian
'This engrossing story of an extraordinary life is filled with lessons in what it means to be human' - Financial Times
Dame Stephanie Shirley is a British businesswoman, technology pioneer and philanthropist. She founded a software company called Freelance Programmers, and transferred ownership of the company to her staff, making 70 women millionaires. Shirley has dedicated most of her life and wealth to advancing Autism research and STEM subjects. She co-founded the Oxford Internet Institute and was President of the British Computer Society. She was named by BBC Radio 4's Women's Hour as one of the 100 most powerful women in the UK.