Books by Women Authors you should read
(and a bonus two you probably didn’t know were written by women!)
1. Maya Angelou: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
The first book in an incredible autobiographical series.
2. Margaret Atwood: A Handmaid’s Tale
Atwood’s dystopian novel explores themes of women in subjugation and is scarily relevant today.
3. Eleanor Catton: The Luminaries
A New Zealand story that has intrigued readers worldwide!
4. Gillian Flynn: Gone Girl
Gone Girl shows us women can be amazing in many ways, including horribly manipulative and clever.
5. Ursula Le Guin: The Earthsea Series
A fantasy series, set in world of islands, surrounded by uncharted ocean.
6. Helen Lehndorf: Write to the Centre
Local author Helen's colourful stack of journals provide the raw material and inspiration for this book.
7. Niva Retimanu: Leading from Behind
NZ news reader Niva Retimanu's journey from overweight, heavy drinking junk-food fan to motivated, health conscious marathon runner.
8. Mary Shelley: Frankenstein
A pioneer in the gothic horror genre, dealing with advancing technology and the relationship between man and his maker.
9. Margo Lee Shetterly: Hidden Figures
The incredible story of three African American women working at NASA.
10. Jane Tolerton: Ettie Rout - New Zealand’s Safer Sex Pioneer
This book honours an irreverent, heroic figure and safe-sex campaigner ahead of her time.
Authors you might not have known were women:
11. Harper Lee: To Kill A Mockingbird
I can’t recall how many times I’ve heard, “I thought Harper Lee was a man!” Emily, from our Young Adult Book Club sums up nicely why you should read this classic novel.
12. JD Robb: In Death Series
A cool combination of sci-fi and crime. Many fans of this series might be surprised to know that they are reading books written by famed romance writer, Nora Roberts!
Janice Mar 2017