A list of the most influential books written by women – how many have you read? Any favourites missing and have they all earned their place…?
Here’s The top 20 most influential book written by a woman as voted by the public on twitter (must admit I missed that campaign) with To Kill a Mockingbird at number one. It was organised by the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction, the UK’s only annual book award for fiction written by a woman (and once called The Orange Prize).
How many have you read? And is your favourite here?
I’ve read 18 and by chance bought Doddie Smith’s I Capture the Castle today because I’ve heard so many great things about it. The other one I haven’t read is Middlemarch. George Elliot has kind of passed me by, although I have read and enjoyed Silas Marner.
The one that had the biggest impact on me? Probably The Handmaid’s Tale.
The one I like best – Little Women but The Golden Notebook is a close contender – I’ve never read any of Doris Lessing I didn’t like….
Best of the list (and probably best on any list) is Beloved by Toni Morrison in my opinion.
And the one I like least? Wuthering Heights. Heathcliffe is a man with serious mental health issues..
Who should be on this list and isn’t?
Jeanette Winterson for Oranges are Not the Only Fruit,
Edna O’Brien (but it would be hard to choose just one of her novels)
What about you? Got any strong likes or dislikes?
1) To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
2) The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
3) Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
4) Harry Potter – J. K Rowling
5) Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
6) Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
7) Rebecca – Daphne du Maurier
8) Little Women – Louisa May Alcott
9) The Secret History – Donna Tartt
10) I Capture the Castle – Dodie Smith
11) The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
12) Beloved – Toni Morrison
13) Gone With the Wind – Margaret Mitchell
14) We Need To Talk About Kevin – Lionel Shriver
15) The Time Traveller’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
16) Middlemarch – George Eliot
17) I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings – Maya Angelou
18) The Golden Notebook – Doris Lessing
19) The Colour Purple – Alice Walker
20) The Women’s Room – Marilyn French
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