From Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice to Donna Tartt’s The Secret History: 25 of the best books ever written by women

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With the winner of this year’s Baileys Prize soon to be announced, we’ve been discussing our favourite books written by female authors.

From Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice to Donna Tartt’s The Secret History, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein to Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl, there were plenty of novels we all read and loved.

Here are 25 of the best books written by women…

1. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

You only need to look at the outcry following Michael Gove’s ‘banning’ of To Kill A Mockingbird to see how highly regarded the novel is by so many. An emotive and inspiring work tackling the issue of racial inequality, there’s a reason this book is a classic.

2. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

This dystopian novel, set in a near future where a Christian dictatorship has replaced the United States government, is a favourite among English literature students (myself included). Haunting.

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