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The Top 125 Books of All Time: An Introduction
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In honour of the votes for women centenary we partnered with The Pool to find the books by women writers from the last years that you felt deserved recognition and celebration. And what a list it is. Merging great books of all genres, fiction and non-fiction, written by women and published in or later, the list is a greatest hits of the last years of literature. A starting point for the greatest bookshelf of all time. Titles will be discussed and celebrated in a special event hosted by The Pool at Hay Festival on Monday 28 May, while the discussion will continue at Hay Festival events in Mexico, Peru, Spain and Colombia throughout the year. Sign up to our newsletter for all the latest news from Hay Festival.
‘Big Sky’ by Kate Atkinson, published by Doubleday: £20, Amazon
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You can trust our independent reviews. We may earn commission from some of the retailers, but we never allow this to influence selections, which are formed from real-world and expert advice. But once again he gets drawn into a sinister investigation and old secrets come to the fore. Superbly written and utterly readable, this novel is a delight from start to finish. Buy now. This coming of age novel tells the story of year-old Charlie Lewis and his love affair with a girl he meets when he reluctantly gets involved in a production of Romeo and Juliet.
This list celebrates female writers who wrote coming-of-age classics as well as modern page-turners. They've won awards, provoked discussion, and ultimately their work has become cherished favorites on the bookshelves of many. Pity any woman who had to suffer through puberty without this book on her shelf. Margaret is the year-old everywoman, waiting for her first period and literally praying for breasts. In her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel , Egan weaves together vignettes of a group of New York friends who are struggling with that miserable goon: time. The social activist contributed a key chapter to the canon of female experience with this book , which examines the devaluation of black women throughout history. Frank perished in a concentration camp during World War II, but the diary she kept in captivity survives.