Read Women 2017


Irenosen Okojie’s Butterfly Fish

Zadie Smith’s White Teeth

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

Angie Thomas’ The Hate U Give

Kate Atkinson’s A God in Ruins

Natsuo Kirono’s The Goddess Chronicles

Yaa Gyasi’s Homegoing

Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar

Buchi Emecheta’s Second-Class Citizen

Helene Wecker’s The Golem and the Djinni

Kiran Millwood Hargrave’s The Girl of Ink and Stars

Margaret Atwood’s  The Blind Assassin 

Ali Smith’s How to be both

Ali Smith’s  Autumn

Nicola Barker’s Darkmans

Chihundu Onuzo’s Welcome to Lagos



Roxane Gay’s Bad Feminist

Roxane Gay’s Hunger

T.O. Walker’s Not my shame

Una’s Becoming Unbecoming

Heidi Safia Mirza (Ed.) Black British Feminism

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

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

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

Barbara Smith’s Towards a Black Feminist Criticism

Audre Lorde’s A Burst of Light & other essays

Gerda Lerner’s The Creation of Feminist Consciousness


Non Fiction

Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Clothing of Books

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

Lucy Worsley’s  If Walls Could Talk  

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

Rachel Holmes’ Eleanor Marx

Rebecca Skloot’s The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

 Toni Cade Bambara’s The Black Woman: An Anthology



Sabrina Mahfouz’ How You Might Know Me

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

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

Autography, Biography and Memoir:

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

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

Margot Lee Shetterly’s Hidden Figures

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

Germaine Greer’s Shakespeare’s Wife

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

Claudia Rankine’s Citizen: An American Lyric