Historical fiction for feminists

The Madonna of the Mountains

The Madonna of the Mountains

Elise Valmorbida

Maria faces a stony path, but one she will surely climb to the summit. In this sumptuous and elegant novel you will taste the bigoli co l'arna, touch the mulberry leaves cut finer than organdie, and feel the strain of one woman...

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She Be Damned

She Be Damned

M.J. Tjia

A unique who-done-it that puts a modern spin on a classic style of mystery writing.

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The Color Purple

The Color Purple

Alice Walker

The classic, Pulitzer Prize-winning novel with a new introductory letter from Alice Walker.         

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 Read reviewThe Strays

The Strays

Emily Bitto

On her first day at a new school, Lily befriends one of the daughters of infamous avant - garde painter Evan Trentham. He and his wife are trying to escape the stifling conservatism of 1930s Australia by inviting other like -...

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Burial Rites

Burial Rites

Hannah Kent

Based on a true story, Burial Rites is a deeply moving novel about freedom and the ways we will risk everything for love. In beautiful, cut-glass prose, Hannah Kent portrays Iceland's formidable landscape, and...

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 Read reviewSkylarking

Skylarking

Kate Mildenhall

'A brave, beautiful and richly textured book that delicately explores the fault lines in love and friendship.' --Lucy Treloar A spellbinding tale of friendship and desire, memory and truth, which questions what it is to remember...

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 Read reviewThe Signature of All Things

The Signature of All Things

Elizabeth Gilbert

A captivating story of botany, exploration and desire, by the multimillion bestselling author of Eat Pray Love.    

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Stolen Beauty: A Novel

Stolen Beauty: A Novel

Laurie Lico Albanese

An exhilarating novel of love, art, war, and family gives voice to two extraordinary women and brings to life the true story behind Gustav Klimt's most remarkable paintings.

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See What I Have Done

See What I Have Done

Sarah Schmidt

'Eerie and compelling' Paula Hawkins - See What I Have Done is a haunting retelling of the infamous Lizzie Borden murders from a dazzling debut novelist

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The Book of Night Women

The Book of Night Women

Marlon James

A startling, hard-edged dissection of slavery and a tour de force of both voice and storytelling

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The Revolution Of The Moon

The Revolution Of The Moon

Andrea Camilleri, Stephen Sartarelli

Based on a true story, Camilleri's gripping and richly imagined novel tells the story of a woman whose courage and political vision is tested at every step by misogyny and reactionary conservatism.

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The Miniaturist

Jessie Burton

There is nothing hidden that will not be revealed ...

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Dark fires shall burn

Dark fires shall burn

Anna Westbrook

Inspired by the true events of an unsolved murder.

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Remarkable Creatures

Remarkable Creatures

Tracy Chevalier

A stunning novel of female friendship, forbidden love and evolution from the bestselling author of Girl with a Pearl Earring.

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Year of Wonders

Year of Wonders

Geraldine Brooks

From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of 'March' and 'People of the Book'. A young woman's struggle to save her family and her soul during the extraordinary year of 1666, when plague suddenly struck a small Derbyshire...

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Mazin Grace

Mazin Grace

Dylan Coleman

Growing up on the Mission isn't easy for clever Grace Oldman. When her classmates tease her for not having a father, she doesn't know what to say. Pappa Neddy says her dad is the Lord God in Heaven, but that doesn't help when the...

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Alias Grace

Alias Grace

Margaret Atwood

Around the true story of one of the most enigmatic and notorious women of the 1840s, Margaret Atwood has created an extraordinarily potent tale of sexuality, cruelty and mystery.  

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 Read reviewThe Paying Guests: shortlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction

The Paying Guests: shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction

Sarah Waters

The extraordinary bestselling author, who wrote three astonishing Victorian novels before moving to the 1940s with The Night Watch and The Little Stranger, now turns to the 1920s.

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