The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter (1979). Her latest novel is a billet-doux to up-for-anything showgirls in 1940s Manhattan, as observed by starry-eyed protagonist Vivian Morris—who loses her innocence (many times over) learning the ropes from the other vamps in her aunt’s raucous midtown theater. Left: For Mary Beth Keane, a vintage rotary phone, her own senior photo, a New York City police badge, and an R.E.M. Dennis-Benn ingeniously humanizes and changes up the typical immigrant saga: Patsy’s fantasies of a fresh start include pursuing a crush on a childhood friend, a woman now married to a man. Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery (1908). A gripping read from the Pulitzer Prize-winner. The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce (2012). Life After Life is a Costa Award-winning story of alternative realities and reinvention. Rarely has there been such an intense spotlight on Irish writing―and Irish women’s writing, in particular―as there is today. From fantastic fiction to heartfelt memoirs, fall is steeped in amazing new book releases. During a trip to her archives in Canada, the author reveals which historical events shaped the world we now know as Gilead. We said: Westover’s unique life story – of a girl, raised with no recognised identity in a fundamentalist household in rural America, who harnesses the power of education to transform her life – makes for gripping reading. We said: In this award-winning memoir, Yrsa Daley-Ward – poet, model and activist – shares the moving and heartbreaking story of how a childhood spent in the north-west of England became an adulthood in which she discovered the power and fear of sexuality. Shapiro’s second novel is a blistering profusion of desire and longing, revealing the undercurrents between our younger and older selves. Oh – and they're brilliant reads to boot. The Other Americans is one of five finalists for the 2019 National Book Award for Fiction and was named one of Time Magazine‘s Best Fiction of 2019. The Amateur Marriage by Anne Tyler (2004). This is not surprising as we have previously discussed at great length that crime fiction and mystery is increasingly a woman’s game (see our overview of the 25 Top Female Crime Writers of the Past 50 Years here ). Books 2019: Exciting Reads by Indian Women Authors, Fiction. More buying choices. Insanely moving. Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson (1985). Girl, Woman, Other: WINNER OF THE BOOKER PRIZE 2019 5 Mar 2020. by Bernardine Evaristo. We said: Longlisted for the Booker Prize, Rachel Joyce’s debut novel captured the hearts of readers everywhere with her story of Harold, an ordinary man making an extraordinary journey to visit his friend one last time. I love her Noughts and Crosses series and Chasing the Stars is one of my favourite books ever!!!! The following books by black authors (in alphabetic order by title) were published in 2018 and fall under a wide range of genres. I know you said one but it’s too hard to choose! For book lovers, a new year is synonymous with new books. Strictly Necessary cookies enable core functionality such as security, network management, and accessibility. Four months into the project, in August 2017, the Unite the Right rally erupted in Charlottesville, Virginia, and the novel took on added urgency. To read Nussbaum’s indelible musings on the boob tube—“a two-decade-long argument about television,” including never-before-published pieces—is to view the medium in all its glorious potential, hubristic pratfalls, and transportive magic. We said: Helen Graham escapes an abusive marriage and arrives at Wildfell Hall with her young son to pursue a career as an artist. Over the decades we watch as their mismatched and complicated marriage unspool across 60 turbulent years. £5.58 (44 used & new offers) Kindle Edition. Her notable work is “The Girl on the Train”. You said: This book taught me so much about what I deserve from a career as a woman. Unforgettable. 10, 2019 10:00AM ET Let’s start this out with a promise: Read more female authors. The story came to Dennis-Benn in the form of a confession, from a mother who seeks to reinvent herself in the U.S. and revel in the freedom to love the way she wants. When the Beauty Myth author returned to school at 47 for her doctorate, her Oxford professor handed her a volume of letters by an obscure mid-19th-century essayist named John Addington Symonds and said, “You really should read this.” Those documents became the basis for Wolf’s dissertation—and this long-overdue literary investigation into censorship and the life of a tormented trailblazer, a prescient father of the modern gay rights movement. The result is an enthralling work of narrative nonfiction—Cep’s debut—and a poignant meditation on a book that never was. We said: The Handmaid’s Tale has sold over eight million copies worldwide since it was first published in 1985, and its story of Handmaids who must breed on behalf of their Commanders makes for a chilling read which still reverberates in a world where men make decisions about women’s bodies. The past shadows Billie when she goes back to Mississippi after 30 years to extract the truth from the riddle of her father’s death. Gilbert’s aim, she confides in a letter to readers, was to produce a book “that would go down like a champagne cocktail.” Drink up! We use cookies on this site to enable certain parts of the site to function and to collect information about your use of the site so that we can improve our visitors’ experience. ... Bottom: Ani DiFranco’s jam-packed 1994-95 calendar of gigs and a circa 1991 photo of the author. We said: Angela Thirwell’s illuminating account of artist Ford Madox Brown explores his life from his beginnings in France to the fame he won with paintings such as ‘The Last of England’. Updated On April 11, 2019 by Archana Pai Kulkarni Follow On News Follow On. We said: Using George Orwell’s famous essay ‘Why I Write’ as a jumping-off point, Deborah Levy offers her own reflections on life as a writer and the many challenges she faced in finding her voice as a woman who writes. We find out in chapter three that Lise, who has travelled to Rome for the ultimate summer holiday, is going to be murdered. Profound, funny, terrifying. You said: I love all of her books, but this one on motherhood is really special. Like Patti Smith, DiFranco is an auteur for whom music just happens to be one form of expression. Her images are so powerful! That heirloom is an apt metaphor for the fictional Sorenson tribe: two maddeningly-in-love parents, four wildly different sisters, and the secret son one of them gave up for adoption. Our editors handpick the products that we feature. You said: H is for Hawk encapsulates the sense of loss and lostness after the death of a loved one perfectly and is set in a landscape that I know very well. Her plan to rectify that: embark on a Jane Austen–inspired quest to spend a fortnight or so traveling to reconnect with long-lost friends. You said: Hilarious and so real! The cliché that boys are better at math collapses before the diamond-hard mind of a grad student whose relentless attempt to prove a legendary hypothesis exposes a deeper algorithm about herself. Prior to writing any novels, she worked as journalist and later also in a number of publications on a freelance basis. We said: It is the summer of 1934 and 17-year-old Cassandra Mortmain begins a diary about life with her eccentric and penniless family in a decaying castle. Right: Toni Morrison novels, a Jamaican doll, and a Lauryn Hill album were on Nicole Dennis-Benn’s vision board as she wrote. Or how does an obscure piece of history, recent or centuries old, come to the attention of an author and so obsess over them that they excavate and investigate every aspect of that true tale—and deliver it to us as a finished book? With no consistent narrator, little dialogue and almost no plot, it reads more as a breathtaking and lyrical meditation on womanhood, relationships, nature and the folly of perception. £7.37. This season the biggest, juiciest, smartest, saltiest reads have sprung from the minds of writerly dames both established and emerging. Click! We said: In this award-winning memoir, Yrsa Daley-Ward – poet, model and activist – shares the moving and heartbreaking story of how a childhood spent in the north-west of England became an adulthood in which she discovered the power and fear of sexuality. And so their adventure begins. The genre-busting poet/scholar behind Electric Arches and Ghosts in the Schoolyard combines assiduously researched facts and bracing lyricism in this elegiac exploration of the 1919 Chicago race riot and the “summer-song folk” who were its human cost. 6 Female Authors Changing The Conversation In 2019 The host of The Sunday Salon, a new podcast celebrating women who write, selects six authors to know now 25/01/2019 The heroine of this sumptuous second novel is a 28-year-old woman who leaves her young daughter behind in Jamaica to pursue the American dream. You said: It portrays so succinctly how it feels to be young and a daydreamer and falling in love for the first time, with a beautiful English etherealness to it. Analytics cookies help us to improve our website by collecting and reporting information on how you use it. Eligible for FREE UK Delivery. The Confessions of Frannie Langton keeps the reader guessing 'til the very end as it journeys through the heart of Georgian London. In this vibrant, polyphonic first novel, set in South Carolina in 1924, three protagonists—the wife of an abusive man, a former slave, and a plantation matriarch—combat the sinister legacy of their community. Helen Y, Twitter. You said: S.E. The result is a brilliantly broad-ranging list of classics and modern masterpieces anyone with a love of great fiction will enjoy. Lombardo’s satisfying multicourse feast begins when a sister—not the mother of the boy—blindsides her siblings by bringing him to lunch. Best friends Jasmine and Chelsea begin a Women’s Rights Club within their NYC high school. We said: Winner of the 1990 Booker Prize, A.S. Byatt’s work, set in a time of Victorian repression, explores the nature of obsession. We said: Historical fiction with a slight fantastical twist, The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock evokes the class struggles of 18th Century London in a world of wealth, courtesans and high society. You said: My all-time favourite book: Possession by A.S. Byatt! We said: A remarkable radio signal from deep dark space prompts a world-changing scientific mission to make first contact with an extraterrestrial culture. In the last few years, I am glad to say, the tide is turning and Maude would be delighted to see the list of impressive female debuts published in 2018, with more to come in 2019. miz.possible, Instagram, The Constant Nymph by Margaret Kennedy (1924). We said: A depiction of a rebellious adolescence interwoven with a turbulent parent and child dynamic, Annie John illustrates Kincaid’s childhood island home of Antigua with poetic brilliance. We said: Elif Shafak’s intimate memoir on motherhood chronicles the struggle to overcome her postpartum depression – an illness that affects millions of new mothers every year – and how the process of writing about her experience helped her find her voice again. 'Wild card' papers, which cover related areas, but do not easily fit into any of the suggested categorisations will also be considered, but please remember the focus of the colloquium is early modern women writers. A coming-of-age tale of a young girl growing up in an English Pentecostal community navigating complex family relationships and her own sexuality, Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit has become a queer classic. Chernobyl Prayer by Svetlana Alexievich (1997). I set out to create a list of 50 essential female authors, and upon hitting 50 in under five minutes I decided to shoot for 100. We said: Described as one of the greatest American novels ever written, Harper Lee’s story of loveable rogues Scout and Jem addresses race, inequality and segregation with both levity and compassion. That is, until her husband and best friend take off with her kids, and a revelation in a true crime podcast has seismic repercussions. It's one of my faves. You said: The Power is one of the most powerful novels I’ve ever read. You said: Anne Carson, because her writing is utterly mindblowing, inventive, and beautiful. For the latest books, recommendations, offers and more, By signing up, I confirm that I'm over 16. One of the most beautiful and ambitious books of the past decade. Take a look at our list of amazing books by talented black authors and get them on your #TBR pile ASAP! You said: A feminist view of classic fairy tales by a very talented writer. We said: Lean In became a cultural phenomenon when it was published and ignited conversations across the globe about women and leadership. I'm so excited for The Testaments! By Afia Atakora Nov 24, 2020 New Love Diverts Us from the Terrors that Should Occupy Us In honor of Women’s History Month, I’ve compiled a list of books by women authors whose writings challenge global White supremacist, capitalist, patriarchal power structures that many of us work to dismantle every day. I’m very much looking forward to Last Witnesses. It’s spurred by Weiner’s mother coming out as gay in her mid-50s; Weiner felt compelled to tell a version of her mom’s tale—to portray what life was like for two generations of women and “show how far we’ve come and how far we’ve left to go.”. As it turned out, all of the best books of this summer had stories behind their stories. Left: Deb Spera’s great-grandmother’s apron, quilt, and marriage certificate; her mamaw’s iron skillet; her cousin Junie Bug’s crocheted creatures. Our open-minded culture and our anti-authoritarian attitude have bred some of the most powerful female authors to ever grace a typewriter. We said: Woolf’s seminal work exposes the prejudices women and women writers battled against for centuries, exposing the effects of poverty and sexual constraint on female creativity. Check out 13 of the best new fall 2019 book releases, all written by talented female authors! You said: It has to be Chernobyl Prayer by Svetlana Alexievich and ultimately all the people she gave a voice to. This is well worth a read for anyone who needs a shot of motivation. We said: Considered Jackson’s best work, We Have Always Lived in the Castle offers claustrophobic psychological suspense at its most compelling. Read an exclusive excerpt here. We said: A devastating and multi-layered oral history of one of the world’s most tragic nuclear accidents, documenting the history of fear, anger and uncertainty around the event which later inspired HBO's critically-lauded dramatisation Chernobyl. You said: Such a great debut novel, I can't wait for the next one... We said: Described as a crime story turned inside out, The Driver's Seat keeps readers on the edge of theirs. You said: She took a classic novel and somehow managed to elegantly inject it with nuance, tragedy and truth in a way no one else could have. The club is quite successful, featuring poetry, art and essays online, and it goes viral. ⚡️. Books ranked in no particular order. You said: Educated by Tara Westover and The Skills by Mishal Husain, two books that have inspired and informed me recently. This wily send-up of NYC’s high-flying media elites proves that hell is a party filled with velvet-clad single men. We said: Described by the author herself as "easily the best of my books", To The Lighthouse is a novel with little regard for the rules. We said: Written when the author was only 17, The Outsiders tells the story of two gangs in a small Oklahoma town, providing a powerful account of street life through the eyes of Ponyboy Curtis. Written after the death of Mina’s own son, this thoroughly au courant thriller from a master of tartan noir is a page-turner with depth and soul, and proves the truth that a lie never lives to be old. Her award-winning book is making governments and corporations wake up to the 'gender data gap' and the sexism built into our everyday lives. We said: Dolly Alderton's bestselling autobiography won her a legion of fans for her honest take on life in search of love. Writing “stitched the narrative arc of my life back together,” Scorah says; her book is a suture for anyone searching to reconcile their past and present selves. 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