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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