read women?


Back in January when the news was filled with resolution madness I read this entry on the guardian women’s blog. And decided nah, it’s not for me, life is too short to read all of the books I dream of and as much of a feminist and supporter of female writers as I am, I didn’t want to limit myself. I’m glad, if i’d become a dedicated follower of Joanne Walsh and hashtag #readwomen2014 I’d have missed on brilliant novels including Jess Walter’s ‘Beautiful Ruins‘, J.M Coetzee’s ‘Disgrace‘ and a re-read of Steve Martin’s ‘An Object of Beauty. However I have been devouring novels as though they are going out of fashion and most of the rest have been by women. The Bailey’s prize for women, The Booker, the release of a novel by my favourite author Helen Walsh and the wonder that is Oxfam Dalston have fed me an extraordinary range of brilliant female literature. Here is just a selection of some of the brilliant books by brilliant women I have had the privilege to read this past year.

Hungry, the stars and everything and Animals (both) by Emma Jane Unsworth
A Girl is a half-formed thing by Eimear McBride
Americanah Chiamanda Ngozi Adichie
Almost English by Charlotte Mendelson
Eat my heart out by Zoe Pilger
The Lemon Grove by Helen Walsh
Ghana must go by Taiye Selasi
We need new names by NoViolet Bulawayo
Out of the Picture by Polly Samson
Heartburn by Nora Ephron
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
The most beautiful thing by Satya Robyn
The White Album by Joan Didion
The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton
The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton
The Signature of all things by Elizabeth Gilbert
Beside the Sea by Veronique Olmi
Her fearful symmetry by Audrey Nifenegger

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