Women on the Page: Then, Now, and Next

I often find blogging inspiration at unlikely times.  The idea for this post – Women on the Page – came when I was researching Virginia Woolf’s essays for my dissertation, and stumbled across the aforementioned pages on the Penguin website.  I thought that I would take the opportunity to note down the books suggested (all Penguin publications, it goes without saying), and then ask your fine selves which books by women would make your lists of Then, Now, and Next.

Then: exploring and rediscovering the classics from some of our most revered, erstwhile scribes…

  • Orlando by Virginia Woolf
  • A Pair of Silk Stockings by Kate Chopin cover-jpg-rendition-242-374
  • The Garden Party and Other Stories by Katherine Mansfield
  • Collected Stories by Clarice Lispector
  • Memoirs of Hadrian by Marguerite Youcenar
  • The Collected Dorothy Parker
  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  • Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
  • Goblin Market by Christina Rossetti
  • Tove Jansson: Work and Love by Tuula Karjalainen
  • On Photography by Susan Sontag
  • The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell
  • Love in a Cold Climate by Nancy Mitford
  • French Provincial Cooking by Elizabeth David
  • A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft
  • Heroes and Villains by Angela Carter


Now: from modern classics to contemporary favourites, explore some of the most inspiring female writers around…

  • cover-jpg-rendition-242-3741How to be both by Ali Smith
  • Is Shame Necessary? by Jennifer Jacquet
  • Women in Clothes by Sheila Heti, et al.
  • The Unloved by Deborah Levy
  • The End of the Story by Lydia Davis
  • This Changes Everything by Naomi Klein
  • Various Pets Alive and Dead by Marina Lewycka
  • Swimming Studies by Leanne Shapton
  • Age Sex Location by Melissa Pimentel
  • The Embassy of Cambodia by Zadie Smith
  • Hour of the Star by Clarice Lispector
  • The Stone Gods by Jeanette Winterson
  • Looking Glass Girl by Cathy Cassidy
  • The Woman Who Stole My Life by Marian Keyes


Next: looking to the next generation of fantastic, pen-wielding women…

  • Our Endless Numbered Days by Claire Fuller cover-jpg-rendition-242-3742
  • Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey
  • Made in India by Meera Sodha
  • Man at the Helm by Nina Stibbe
  • Etta and Otto and Russell and James by Emma Hooper
  • Gretel and the Dark by Eliza Granville
  • Half Wild by Sally Green
  • Half Bad by Sally Green
  • Gods and Kings by Dana Thomas
  • Thrown by Kerry Howley



Which of these have you read, and which would you recommend?  Which books by women would make your lists?


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