Books by Women Authors you should read


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(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!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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Janice Mar 2017