Read Women 2016


Marion Zimmer Bradley’s The Mists of Avalon

Karen Stote’s An Act of Genocide: Colonialism and the Sterilisation of Aboriginal Women

Isabel Allende’s The House of Spirits

Irene Nemirovsky’s Daniel Golder

Irene Nemirovsky’s  Suite Francaise

Margo Jefferson’s Negroland – a memoir

Carrie Fisher’s The Princess Diarist

Zadie Smith’s The Embassy of Cambodia

Jeanette Winterson’s Tanglewreck

Jeanette Winterson’s The Gap of Time

Carrie Fisher’s Wishful Drinking (reread)

Carrie Fisher’s Postcards from the Edge (reread)

Warsan Shire’s teaching my mother how to give birth

Dodie Smith’s It ends with revelations



Helen Oyeyemi’s White is for Witching

*Isabel Allende’s of Love and Shadows

*Isabel Allende’s The City of Beasts

Gloria Wekker’s White Innocence: Paradoxes of Colonialism and Race

– Lucy Ribchester’s The Hourglass Factory

Isabel Allende’s Kingdom of the Golden Dragon

Isabel Allende’s Forest of the Pygmies

Zen Cho’s The Terracotta Bride

Anne O’Brien’s The King’s Concubine

*Shannon Sullivan’s Good White People: The Problem with Middle-Class White Anti-racism

Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor’s Dust



Kamila Shamsie’s Salt and Saffron

Jhumpa Lahiri’s In Other Words

Zadie Smith’s NW

*Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni’s Sister of my Heart

*Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni’s The Mistress of Spices

Kamila Shamsie’s In the City by the Sea

*Sapphire’s The Kid

Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness



Essie Fox’s Elijah’s Mermaid

E.L. Konigsburg’s From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs Basil E. Frankweiler



Emilie Buchenwald, Pamela R. Fletcher & Martha Roth (ed.) Transforming A Rape Culture

Elana Ferante’ My Brilliant Friend

Angela Davis’ Women, Race & Class



Nadifa Mohamed’s Black Mamba Boy

Julie Otsuka’s The Buddha in the Attic

*Diane Athill’s Stet

JoAnn Gibson Robinson and David J Garrows’ Montgomery Bus Boycott: The Women who Started It

Ruth Ozeki’s A Tale for the Time Being

Kate Mosse’ The Taxidermist’s Daughter

*Marina Warner’s Joan of Arc: The Image of Female Heroism

Jane Rogers’ The Testament of Jessie Lanb



Julia Alvarez’ In the Time of the Butterflies

Janet Fitch’s White Oleander

JD Robb’s Wonderment in Death

JD Robb’s Brotherhood in Death

Hanan Al-Shaykh’s One thousand and one nights

Sarah Waters’ The Night Watch

Stef Penney’s The Invisible Ones

Sophie Hannah’s Little Face

Kamila Shamsie’s  Burnt Shadow

Celeste Ng’s Everything I never told you

Emilie Richards’ Iron Lace

Alice Sebold’s Almost Moon



*Norah Loft’s Esther

Emma Donoghue’s Astray

Isabel Allende’s Daughter of Fortune

Emma Donoghue’s Frog Music

Carol Ann Duffy’s The World’s Wife

bell hooks’ Feminism is for Everybody



Alison Weir’s Eleanor of Aquintane: By the Wrath of God, Queen of England

*Joy Kogawa’s Obasan

Nella Larsen’s Passing

Judith Herrin’s Women in Purple: Rulers of Medieval Byzantium

Rosie Thomas’ The Kashmir Shawl

Zadie Smith’s On Beauty

Lindsey Hilsum’s Sandstorm

Lisa Hilton’s Queens Consort: England’s Medieval Queens

Betty McLellan’s Unspeakable: A Feminist Ethic of Speech



Kamila Shamsie’s Kartography

Marian Keyes’ Making it up as I go along

*Linda A Porter’s Katherine the Queen: The Remarkable Life of Katherine Part

Elaine Brown’s A Taste of Power: A Black Women’s Story

*Helen Castor’s Blood & Roses

Antonia Fraser’s The Six Wives of Henry VIII

Anna Politkovskaya’s A Russian Diary

Audre Lorde’s Zami: A new spelling of my name.

Marina Nemat’s Prisoner of Tehran: A Memoir



Meg Cabot’s Remembrance

Norah Lofts’ The Lost Queen

Margaret Forster’s Isa and May

Jeanette Winterson’s Boating for Beginners



* NoViolet Bulawayo’s We need new names

*Tahmima Anam’s The Good Muslim

Janice Raymond’s Not a choice, not a job: Exposing the myths about prostitution and the global sex trade

Andrea Stuart’s Sugar in the Blood

*Karen Boyle’s Everyday Pornography (reread)

*Miranda Kiraly & Meagan Tyler’s Freedom Fallacy: The Limits of Liberal Feminism

J.D Robb’s Devoted in Death

Kim Edward’s The Memory Keeper’s Daughter

Pat Barker’s Union Street

* Marina Warner’s The Leto Bundle

Lisa O’Donnell’s Closed Doors

Carrie Fisher’s Wishful Thinking

Carrie Fisher’s Shockaholic

Jeanette Winterson’s Why be happy when you can be normal?

Helen Oyeyemi’s The Icarus Girl

Kathleen McGowan’s The Poet Prince