Literary Women Reading List

By Literary Women

By Literary Women

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Pride and Prejudice (Vintage Classics Austen Series)

Jane Austen

£7.99 £7.43

An incredible novel, beloved by countless generations! Austen's novel demonstrates unconventional periodic gender, class and family dynamics.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society: rejacketed

Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

£8.99 £8.36

A truly wholesome epistolary novel. A tale of hope, friendship and resilience during difficult times.

The Beekeeper of Aleppo: The must-read million copy bestseller

Christy Lefteri

£8.99 £8.36

Lefteri offers us a rare insight into the hardships and heartbreaking challenges enduring by refugees as they ardently seek a better and safer life.


H. Rider Haggard

£6.99 £6.50

A Victorian adventure novel. Problematic at times (a solid 90% of the novel), but exciting and engaging til the bitter end.

The Great Gatsby

F. Scott Fitzgerald

£14.99 £13.94

The novel that needs no introduction! The Great Gatbsy is the epitome of opulence, excessive living and good times.

The Woman in Black

Susan Hill

£8.99 £8.36

An eerie commentary on motherhood and 'proper' femininity. If you've seen the 2012 film adaptation starring Daniel Radcliffe, you absolutely must read the novel!


Bram Stoker

£6.99 £6.50

Scary scary gothic fiction! The infamous fiction offers thrills and scares, with underlying themes of maternalism and passive, vulnerable female characters.

My Year of Rest and Relaxation

Ottessa Moshfegh

£9.99 £9.29

Perhaps the book on this list most relatable to 2020. The protagonist drugs up and effectively hibernates for a whole year.

The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper

Hallie Rubenhold

£9.99 £9.29

Hallie Rubenhold gives the five victims of Jack the Ripper a voice (whilst paying little heed to the murder himself).


Mary Shelley

£6.99 £6.50

Creepy artificial people, murderous monsters and generally weird relationships. Does Victor Frankenstein play God by creating artificial life, or make the female biological function redundant?

The Penelopiad

Margaret Atwood

£9.99 £9.29

Atwood's novella focuses on Penelope, the abandoned wife of Odysseus. As her husband is off fighting Trojans, she protects herself and her native Ithaca from countless suitors eager to replace her husband.

A Thousand Splendid Suns

Khaled Hosseini

£9.99 £9.29

A deeply moving and insightful read. Hosseini's novel offers a glimpse into the extreme living conditions under the Taliban.


Neil Gaiman

£8.99 £8.36

Fallen stars, raging political battles, bloodthirsty witches and flying cloud ships. Need I say more?

Roxana: The Fortunate Mistress

Daniel Defoe

£8.99 £8.36

Daniel Defoe's didactic novel. What constitutes a 'proper' and 'ideal' woman?

A Woman is No Man

Etaf Rum

£8.99 £8.36

Where does a woman fit into family life? Does she belong in the kitchen and family home as a mother and wife, or does she belong in the wider community?


Angie Cruz

£8.99 £8.36

What role can a woman play in developing her family's socioeconomic security and prospects?

She-Wolves: The Women Who Ruled England Before Elizabeth

Helen Castor

£10.99 £10.22

A refreshing change from Henry VIII. Four female rulers that changed history and paved the way for subsequent female rulers.

Little Women

Louisa May Alcott

£14.99 £13.94

A wholesome and beloved childhood classic. How should a woman behave, and what ought to be her path in life?

Tess of the D'Urbervilles

Thomas Hardy

£6.99 £6.50

A thoroughly depressing, but poignant read. Hardy's novel offers an insight into the grim position of poor Victorian women.

A Thousand Ships

Natalie Haynes

£8.99 £8.36

Retelling the infamous story of the Trojan War from the female perspective.

Blood Orange: The gripping, bestselling Richard & Judy book club thriller

Harriet Tyce

£8.99 £8.36

Domestic abuse, gaslighting and 'proper' parenting. A troubling but eye opening read.

The Hunting Party

Lucy Foley

£8.99 £8.36

A 21st century murder mystery. A group of friends holiday in rural Scotland for New Year, but one doesn't make it back...

The Offing: A BBC Radio 2 Book Club Pick

Benjamin Myers

£8.99 £8.36

Set in beloved County Durham, The Offing portrays a heart-warming friendship between old and young.

Anne of Green Gables

L. M. Montgomery

£7.99 £7.43

A beloved childhood classic.

The Curious Incident of the Dog In the Night-time

Mark Haddon

£8.99 £8.36

A truly exceptional and unusual read. A murder mystery told from the perspective of an autistic narrator.

Girl, Woman, Other: WINNER OF THE BOOKER PRIZE 2019

Bernardine Evaristo

£8.99 £8.36

Evaristo's novel is a true representation of the socio-political issues of 2020. Namely, the intersection between race and femininity.

Where the Crawdads Sing

Delia Owens

£8.99 £8.36

Simple and rural living is pitted against closed-minded and urban living.

The Lido: The most uplifting, feel-good summer read of the year

Libby Page

£8.99 £8.36

A bit of escapism and a true feel-good fiction.

A Christmas Carol and Other Christmas Writings

Charles Dickens

£14.99 £13.94

Getting into the festive spirit with a ramble on my blog about Charles Dickens' infamous 'A Christmas Carol.'

The Twelve Dates of Christmas

Jenny Bayliss

£7.99 £7.43

A true feel-good, festive fiction.

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