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Here’s a look at some books by female writers that I’ve enjoyed in the past year.
The Keeper of Lost Things, by Ruth Hogan
Touching, funny, a little mysterious; a feel-good read.
Into the Water, by Paula Hawkins
Fans of Girl on the Train seem to love it or hate it. I’d say forget the previous book and just read this for itself – it’s a gripping read which kept me guessing till the end, and it looks at how women are treated by society, from centuries ago to now.
The Bedlam Stacks, by Natasha Pulley
Another intriguing 19th Century semi-fantastical adventure, this time through the jungles of Peru. The beloved Mori, from her previous book, makes an appearance here.
Americanah, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
A character who reminds me a little of Anne of Green Gables, but grittier – perhaps if Anne lived in the 21st century she would be too. Deals very honestly with casual racism.
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, by Agatha Christie
It’s Agatha Christie – ’nuff said.
The Sewing Machine, by Natalie Fergie
Set in Glasgow and Edinburgh, a great story of multiple generations connected through a Singer sewing machine, with rich historical and local context.
Sleeper’s Castle, by Barbara Erskine
An epic ghost story, set in the Welsh/English borders, and in the present and medieval past. It’s made me want to visit Hay!
Yesterday, by Felicia Yap
A thriller set in an intriguing world where everyone has limited memory. This is the author’s debut novel, and I’m looking forward to more from her.
A God in Ruins, by Kate Atkinson
I’ve just finished this; it was sad but so good. About war, family, disappointment, contentment, and potential.
And the Women’s Prize for Fiction longlist is out today.
Happy International Women’s Day!