International Women’s Day – in books and pictures

If you’ve been anywhere near Twitter today, you’ll know it’s International Women’s Day. There is an International Men’s Day (November 19th) but oddly, people search for that more only on 8th March – curious! Many bookish people have been sharing their favourite female authors and characters today, so I thought I’d put together a stack of books by female writers I love.

This is by no means an exhaustive list – there are loads of other female writers who I love but these are some of the books that I’ve read and loved recently, or longer ago…

International Women's Day books

In my picture are…

  • Ali Smith – How To Be Both (Hamish Hamilton)
  • Lisa Williamson – The Art of Being Normal (David Fickling Books)
  • Charlotte Bronte – Jane Eyre (Penguin Classics)
  • Cordelia Fine – Delusions of Gender (Icon)
  • Non Pratt – Trouble (Walker)
  • Nicole Burstein – Othergirl (Andersen Press)
  • Malala Youzifai – I Am Malala (Phoenix)
  • Kerry Hudson – Tony Hogan Bought Me An Ice Cream Float Before He Stole My Ma (Vintage)
  • Maya Angelou – I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings (Little, Brown)
  • Margaret Atwood – The Handmaid’s Tale (Virago)
  • Laini Taylor – Daughter Of Smoke And Bone (Hodder)
  • Emily St John Mandel – Station Eleven (Picador)
  • Holly Baxter & Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett – The Vagenda (Vintage)
  • Holly Black – The Darkest Part Of The Forest (Indigo)
  • Sarah Perry – After Me Comes The Flood (Serpent’s Tail)
  • Kate Hamer – The Girl In The Red Coat (Faber)
  • Carrie Snyder – Girl Runner (Two Roads)
  • Hannah Kent – Burial Rites (Picador)
  • Helena Coggan – The Catalyst (Hodder)
  • Audrey Niffenegger – Raven Girl (Cape)
  • Ursula K Le Guin – The Left Hand Of Darkness (Virago)
  • Angela Carter – The Magic Toyshop (Virago)
  • Leigh Bardugo – Shadow And Bone (Indigo)
  • Louise O’Neill – Only Ever Yours (Quercus)

If you’re in any doubt as to why we need an International Women’s Day, these might give you a clue…




And I’ll leave you with this thought from Alex T Smith, a fantastic illustrator and author…

You don’t have to be be perfect to be a princess, or to be a princess to be perfectly good.


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