Happy International Women’s Day! In honour of today I’ve put together a list of some of my favourite female authors and their books that I’ve loved. Let me know some of your recommendations for incredible female authors.
1: Roxane Gay
You cannot put together a list of inspiring female authors and fail to include Roxane Gay. She is a notable feminist and has written some incredible books, including Bad Feminist, Hunger and Difficult Women. Spanning a variety of genres, she is at the heart of my feminist reading and I cannot recommend her enough. To find out more about her, check out her website here or follow her on twitter at @rgay
2: Louise O’Neill
Louise O’Neill is possibly my all time favourite author. She writes incredible, dark feminist fiction, tackling some brutal topics, such as domestic and sexual abuse, in her novels. I have read every single one of books and I have loved all of them. Her most recent novel is After the Silence, which recently won Crime Fiction Books of the Year at the Irish Book Awards 2020. You can follow O’Neill on twitter at @oneillo.
3: Maggie O’Farrell
I would be shocked if you haven’t heard of Maggie O’Farrell after her recent success with her novel Hamnet winning the Women’s Prize for Fiction last year. However, if you have missed her then you should immediately go out and buy one of her books. I’ve read 3 of her books so far and I’m yet to be disappointed. If I could recommend only one, then it would have to be her memoir, I am, I am, I am, Seventeen Brushes with Death. Follow this link to find out more about her work.
4: Brit Bennett
Brit Bennett is the author of The Vanishing Half and The Mothers, the former of which was a #1 New York bestseller. Bennett is an intelligent author who writes beautiful novels that navigate various experiences of what it is to be black in America. Find out more here.
5: Jung Chang
Jung Chang is an impressive non-fiction author who writes about Chinese history. She is most well-known for her debut work, Wild Swans, and her biography Mao: The Unknown Story. She has more recently come out with a book entitled Big Sister, Little Sister, Red Sister. Chang is a highly intelligent historian, providing detailed accounts of the roles women have played in Chinese history, for better or worse. If you are a fan of non-fiction or history, you should definitely have a look at her work. You can find out more here.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this post, let me know who your favourite female authors are.