Read Women 2017


Charlotte Bronte’s The Professor 

Rosemary Sutcliff’s The King Arthur Trilogy

Ajay Close’s The Daughter of Lady Macbeth

Margaret Atwood’s Oryx and Crake

Mary Beard’s Women & Power: A Manifesto

Margaret Atwood’s The Hag-Seed


Margaret Atwood’s  The Blind Assassin 

Audre Lorde’s Your Silence Will Not Protect You: Essays and Poems

Elena Ferrante’s The Days of Abandonment

– -Reductress’ How to win at Feminism: The Definitive Guide to Having it All

Ali Smith’s How to be both

Ali Smith’s  Autumn


Michele Wallace’s Invisibility Blues From Pop to Theory

Heidi Safia Mirza (Ed.) Black British Feminism

Chihundu Onuzo’s Welcome to Lagos

Patricia Hill Collins’ From Black Power to Hip Hop: Racism, Nationalism, and Feminism

Hanya Yanagihara’s The People in the Trees

Cherrie Moraga & Gloria Anzaldua (Eds.) This Bridge Called my Back: Writings by Radical Women of Colour (4th edition)

Barbara Smith’s Towards a Black Feminist Criticism

Audre Lorde’s A Burst of Light & other essays

Joy James (ed.) The Angela Y Davis Reader

Madeleine Thien’s Do not say we have nothing


Kit de Waal’s My name is Leon

Rebecca Solnit’s Men explain things to me, and other essays

Audre Lorde’s The Cancer Diaries

– Lisa Hilton’s Athenais

Kate Millett’s The Politics of Cruelty

Anabel Hernandez’ Narcoland: The Mexican Drug Lords and their Godfathers

Robin Morgan’s Demon Lover: The Roots of Terrorism

Flo Kennedy’s Color me Flo

Susan Sontag’s Regarding the Pain of Others

Brit Bennett’s The Mothers

Deborah Cameron’s The Myth of Mars & Venus


Lucy Worsley’s  If Walls Could Talk  

Alison Weir’s Isabella, she-wolf of France, Queen of England

Alison Weir’s Mistress of the Monarchy: The Life of Katherine Swynford, Duchess of Lancaster

Mary S. Lovell’s Bess of Hardwick, First Lady of Chatsworth

Sarah Gristwood’s Arbella, England’s Lost Queen 

Linda Grant’s The Dark Circle

Antonia Fraser’s The Warrior Queens

Reni Eddo-Lodge’s Why I’m no longer talking to white people about race

Natalie Haynes’ The Children of Jocasta

Alison Weir’s The Lost Tudor Princess

Rachel Holmes’ Eleanor Marx

Helen Rappaport’s Four Sister’s: The Lost Lives of the Romanov Grand Duchesses


– Sophie Hardach’s The Registrar’s Manual for Detecting Forced Marriages.

*Shilpi Somaya Gowda’s The Golden Son

Sahar Delijani’s Children of the Jacaranda Tree

Maeve Binchy’s Quentins

Ann Weisgarber’s The Personal History of Rachel Dupree

Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar

Philippa Gregory’s The Kingmaker’s Daughter

Lisa Verge Higgins’ Random Acts of  Kindness

Dalia Sofer’s The Septembers of Shiraz

Philippa Gregory (et al). The Women of the Cousins’ Warr

Rebecca Skloot’s The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

*Alison Weir’s Elizabeth of York, The First Tudor Queen


Elena Ferrante’s The Story of the Lost Child

Lindsey Collen’s Mutiny

-Lesley Thomson’s A Kind of Vanishing

J.D Robb’s Remember When: A Death Novella

Toni Cade Bambara’s The Black Woman: An Anthology

Roxane Gay’s Hunger

Mari Strachan’s The Earth Hums in B Flat

Naomi Munaweera’s Island of a thousand mirrors

Nadia Hashini’s When the moon is low


Nicola Barker’s Darkmans

Maggie Nelson’s The Argonauts

Sheila Jeffreys’ Unpacking Queer Politics

Meera Syal’s  The House of Hidden Mothers 

Kirsty Logan’s The Gracekeepers

Sheila Jeffreys’ Gender Hurts

Maggie O’Farrell’s Instructions for a Heateave

Maggie O’Farrell’s This must be the place 

*Mary Paulson-Ellis’ The Other Mrs Walker

T.O. Walker’s Not my shame

Una’s Becoming Unbecoming

Lesley McDowell’s Unfashioned Creatures

Helene Wecker’s The Golem and the Djinni

Elena Ferrante’s The Story of a New Name

Elena Ferrante’s Those who leave and those who stay

*Val McDermid’s Out of Bounds


Sarah Winman’s A Year of Marvellous Ways

Michele Roberts’ Daughters of the House

Germaine Greer’s The Female Eunuch

Cordelia Fine’s Testosterone Rex: Unmaking the Myths of our Gendered Minds.

Sarah Perry’s The Essex Serpent

Kiran Millwood Hargrave’s The Girl of Ink and Stars

Leila Aboulela’s Minaret

Naomi Alderman’s The Power

Sara Barnard’s Beautiful Broken Things

Gerda Lerner’s The Creation of Feminist Consciousness

Kat Banyard’s Pimp State: Sex, Money and the Future of Equality

S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders

Angie Thomas’ The Hate U Give

– Anne Tyler’s The Vinegar Girls

Rose Tremain’s The Gustav Sonata

Peggy Orenstein’s Girls & Sex

Kate Atkinson’s Life after Life

Kate Atkinson’s A God in Ruins



Natsuo Kirono’s The Goddess Chronicles

Roxane Gay’s Ayiti

Virginia Woolf’s Mrs Dalloway

*Trinh T. Minh-ha’s Woman, Native, Other: Writing Postcoloniality and Feminism

Margot Lee Shetterly’s Hidden Figures

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions

Nasty Women – a collection of essays and accounts on what it is to be a woman in the 21st century

Ti-Grace Atkinson’s Amazon Odyssey: The first collection of writings by the political pioneer of the women’s movement.

Julie Bindel & Harriet Wistrich (eds.) The Map of my Life: The Story of Emma Humphreys

*Linda Hirshman’s Sisters in Law: How Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg went to the Supreme Court and changed the world.

Germaine Greer’s Shakespeare’s Wife

Jenny Uglow’s The Pinecone: The story of Sarah Losh, Romantic heroine, architect and visionary

J.D Robb’s Apprentice in Death

Stacy Schiff’s The Witches, Salem 1692: A History

– Raine Eisler’s The Chalice and the Blade

Joan Smith’s Misogynies


Claudia Rankine’s Citizen: An American Lyric

 Marilyn Frye’s The Politics of Reality

Lorraine Hansford’ To be Young, Gifted and Black: An Informal Autobiography of Lorraine Hansford

Irenosen Okojie’s Butterfly Fish

Sherie M. Randolph’s Florence ‘Flo’ Kennedy The Life of a Black Feminist Radical

Roxane Gay’s Bad Feminist

Grace Nichols’ I is a Long Memoried Woman

*Helen Oyeyemi’s What is not yours is not yours

Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Clothing of Books

Han Kang’s The Vegetarian

Roxane Gay’s An Untamed State

Patricia Hill Collins’ Black Feminist Thought: Knowledge, Consciousness, and the Politics of Empowerment

Nadiya Hussain’s The Secret Lives of the Amir Sisters

Alice Walker’s The Third Life of Grange Copeland

*Zadie Smith’s Changing My Mind – occasional essays

Sabrina Mahfouz’ How You Might Know Me

*Yvette Edwards’ the mother


Carrie Fisher’s Delusions of Grandma (reread)

Carmina Masoliver’s Carmina’s Poetry Tease

*bell hooks’ belonging – a culture of place 

Ntozake Shange’s For Coloured Girls who have considered suicide when the rainbow is enuf

Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own

Yaa Gyasi’s Homegoing

Zadie Smith’s White Teeth

Zadie Smith’s Swing Time

George Eliot’s Silas Marner

*Barbara Kingsolvers The Bean Trees

Jeanette Winterson’s The Stone Gods

Edna O’Briens’ The Little Red Chairs

Kate Atkinson’s Behind the scenes at the museum 

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s We should all be feminists (reread)

Jessie Burton’s The Muse

Petina Gappah’s The Book of Memory

Frances Hardinge’s  The Lie Tree

Natasha Pulley’s The Watchmaker of Filigree Street

Isabel Allende’s The Japanese Lover

Janet Evanovich’s Tricky Twenty-Two

Kiran Desai’s Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard (reread)

*Irenosen Okojie’s Speak Gigantular

Buchi Emecheta’s Second-Class Citizen

Buchi Emecheta’s The Bride Price

Laurie Penny’s Penny Red: Notes from the New Age of Dissent