5 wonderful stories written by women that should be in every woman’s bookshelf

Hi It’s Ellie the bookworm here ūüėõ and this is my¬†selection of five books that I absolutely adore. Five stories, written by women, that should be in every woman’s bookshelf.

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1: To Kill A Mockingbird (Harper Lee)

My all-time favourite novel. In To Kill a Mockingbird,  Harper Lee uses memorable characters in order to explore civil rights and racism in the segregated Southern United States of the 1930s. The story is narrated by Scout Finch, who will tell you about her father Atticus Finch, a lawyer who hopelessly strives to prove the innocence of a black man unjustly accused of rape; and about Boo Radley, a mysterious neighbor who saves her and her brother Jem from being killed.

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2: The Handmaid’s Tale (Margaret Atwood)

This novel, written in 1985, is set in a futuristic United States,¬†Beginning with a staged¬†terrorist¬†attack (blamed on¬†Islamic extremists) that kills the President and most of¬†Congress, a movement calling itself the “Sons of Jacob” launches a revolution and suspends the¬†United States Constitution¬†under the pretext of restoring order.
they are quickly able to take away all of women’s rights, largely attributed to financial records being stored electronically and labelled by gender. The new regime, the Republic of Gilead, moves quickly to consolidate its power and reorganize society along a new militarized, hierarchical, compulsorily Christian regime of¬†Old Testament-inspired social and religious fanaticism among its newly created social classes. In this society, human rights are severely limited and women rights are unrecognized as almost all women are forbidden to read.

3: An Unsuitable Job For A Woman (P.D James)


I love how PD James explores a world that most people would associate with men. In An Unsuitable Job For a Woman, Young private detective Cordelia Gray walks into the London office she shares with former police detective Bernie Pryde to find her partner dead. Pryde has left everything, including his unlicensed handgun, to Cordelia. With a failing detective agency in her possession and no money, her choices are limited, but rather than return to her former secretarial job she opts to keep the agency in memory of Bernie. Her first client is Elizabeth Leaming, an assistant to prominent scientist Sir Ronald Callender, whose son, Mark, recently died in suspicious circumstances.

4: Pride And Prejudice (Jane Austen)


A classic amongst classics.

Set in England in the late 18th century,¬†Pride and Prejudice¬†tells the story of Mr. and Mrs. Bennet’s five unmarried daughters after two gentlemen have moved into their neighbourhood: the rich and eligible Mr. Bingley, and his status-conscious friend, the even more rich and eligible Mr. Darcy. While Bingley takes an immediate liking to the eldest Bennet daughter, Jane, Darcy is disdainful of local society and repeatedly clashes with the Bennets’ lively second daughter, Elizabeth.

5: July’s People (Nadine Gordimer)

JulysPeopleNadine was a South African Author, perhaps not widely known in Europe and the United States, but this novel helps understand the horror of the apartheid, as seen from the eyes of a corageous woman.

The novel is set during a fictional civil war in which black South Africans have violently overturned the system of apartheid. The story follows the Smales, a liberal White South African family who were forced to flee Johannesburg to the native village of their black servant, July.

Did you enjoy this list? are there any more novels you would like to recommend? let me know! I absolutely love literature. Leave me a comment below

– Ellie.