Stories of female friendship

Talking to Women

Talking to Women

Nell Dunn, Ali Smith, Kathrine Talbot, Anthony Kerrigan, Marina Warner

In 1964, Nell Dunn spoke to nine of her friends over a bottle of wine about men, sex, work, money, babies, freedom and love. After more than forty years out of print, Talking to Women is still as sparkling, honest, profound, funny...

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Small Blessings

Small Blessings

Emily Brewin

Through the unlikeliest of friendships comes a second chance.

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You Know You Want This

Kristen Roupenian

From the author of the global sensation Cat Person comes You Know You Want This, a compulsive short story collection about sex, dating and modern life that will thrill you before it chills you.  

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Into the Fire

Sonia Orchard

While stocks last we have signed copies of Into the Fire available to buy online, and from our shops. Please note that signed copies are limited.A year after her best friend died in a house fire,...

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Saving Francesca

Saving Francesca

Melina Marchetta

Francesca is at the beginning of her second term in Year Eleven at an all boy's school that has just started accepting girls. She still misses her old friends, and, to make things worse, her mother has had a breakdown and can...

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Hey Ladies!: The Story of 8 Best Friends, 1 Year, and Way, Way Too Many Emails

Hey Ladies!: The Story of 8 Best Friends, 1 Year, and Way, Way Too Many Emails

Michelle Markowitz, Caroline Moss, Carolyn Bahar

A biting, hilarious, illustrated peek at the snarky underbelly of a group of girlfriends in the age of the Internet

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 Read reviewConversations with Friends

Conversations with Friends

Sally Rooney

Frances is twenty-one years old, cool-headed and observant. But when Frances and Nick get unexpectedly closer, the sharply witty and emotion-averse Frances is forced to honestly confront her own vulnerabilities for the first...

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 Read reviewThe Geography of Friendship

The Geography of Friendship

Sally Piper

When three young women set off on a hike through the wilderness they are anticipating the adventure of a lifetime. Over the next five days, as they face up to the challenging terrain, it soon becomes clear they are not alone and...

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The Biographer’s Lover

Ruby J Murray

The Biographer's Lover is a novel about Australia's complex relationship with memory, and the role gender plays in the ways we represent not only national myths but our private versus our public selves

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My Brilliant Friend (The Neapolitan Novels, Book 1)

My Brilliant Friend (The Neapolitan Novels, Book 1)

Elena Ferrante, Ann Goldstein

My Brilliant Friend is a modern masterpiece, the work of one of Italy's great storytellers. 

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 Read reviewThe Female Persuasion

The Female Persuasion

Meg Wolitzer

When Greer Kadetsky meets Faith Frank, inspirational woman, activist, and campaigner for women's rights, one snowy night at college, she is fired with energy and zest for the future.   

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The Essential Dykes To Watch Out For

The Essential Dykes To Watch Out For

Alison Bechdel

Offers an insight into the lesbian society of 1980s America. This book discusses about a counterculture movement that slowly is embraced by the mainstream.

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 Read reviewHer Body And Other Parties

Her Body And Other Parties

Carmen Maria Machado

Shortlisted for the National Book Award Fiction Prize 2017Shortlisted for the International Dylan Thomas Prize 2018In her provocative debut, Carmen Maria Machado demolishes the borders between magical...

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Spinning Silver

Spinning Silver

Naomi Novik

By the award-winning author of Uprooted, Spinning Silver is a new take on the classic fairytale Rumpelstiltskin.

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Eyes Too Dry: A Graphic Memoir About Heavy Feelings

Eyes Too Dry: A Graphic Memoir About Heavy Feelings

Alice Chipkin, Jessica Tavassoli

Meet Tava, a twenty-four-year-old medical student in a deep depression. Alice, her friend and housemate, is trying to figure out how to support her. Time unravels, leaving both women bewildered at the emotional landscapes that...

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 Read reviewGravity Well

Gravity Well

Melanie Joosten

Lotte is an astronomer who spends her nights peering into deep space rather than looking too closely at herself. When she returns to her hometown after years in South America, reeling from a devastating diagnosis, she finds that...

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 Special priceSour Heart

Sour Heart

Jenny Zhang

These seven startling stories of family, femininity, sexuality and otherness will plunge you into the tender and chaotic hearts of narrators you won't easily forget.

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Based on a True Story

Delphine de Vigan, George Miller

What would you do if your closest friend tried to steal your life?

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 Read reviewThe Animators

The Animators

Kayla Rae Whitaker

From age eighteen on, I had a partner, a kindred spirit. I had a friend. Someone bound and determined to keep me from the worst in myself.

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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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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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 Read reviewSwing Time

Swing Time

Zadie Smith

Two dancers with different approaches to their craft share a complicated childhood friendship that ends abruptly in their early twenties, in a story that transitions from northwest London to West Africa.

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Tiddas

Tiddas

Anita Heiss

A story about what it means to be a friend ... Five women, best friends for decades, meet once a month to talk about books ... and life, love and the jagged bits in between. Dissecting each other's lives seems the most natural...

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 Read reviewHot Little Hands

Hot Little Hands

Abigail Ulman

This exceptional collection of stories is about young women of different ages, from their early teens to their late twenties, coming to terms with what it means to desire, and be desired, with funny, surprising and sometimes...

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Anne of Green Gables

L. M. Montgomery

'It's a million times nicer to be Anne of Green Gables than Anne of nowhere in particular, isn't it?' My dislikes: Being an orphan, having red hair, being called 'carrots' by Gilbert Blythe. My likes: Living at the Green Gables...

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This One Summer

This One Summer

Jillian Tamaki, Mariko Tamaki

Every summer, Rose goes with her mum and dad to a lake house in Awago Beach. It's their getaway, their refuge. Rosie's friend Windy is always there, too, like the little sister she never had. But this summer is different.

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Big Little Lies

Big Little Lies

Liane Moriarty

Liane Moriarty's latest New York Times no.1 bestseller following The Husband's Secret.

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The Strays

The Strays

Emily Bitto

On her first day of school, Lily Struthers meets Eva, one of the daughters of the infamous avant-garde artist Evan Trentham. He and his wife are attempting to escape the stifling conservatism of 1930s Australia by inviting other...

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The Girls

The Girls

Emma Cline

California. The summer of 1969. In the dying days of a floundering counter-culture a young girl is unwittingly caught up in unthinkable violence, and a decision made at this moment, on the cusp of adulthood, will shape her...

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Summer Sisters

Summer Sisters

Judy Blume

From bestselling author Judy Blume comes an extraordinary novel of reminiscence and awakening - an unforgettable story of two women, two families, and the friendships that shape a lifetime.

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A Thousand Splendid Suns

A Thousand Splendid Suns

Khaled Hosseini

A riveting and powerful story of an unforgiving time, an unlikely friendship and an indestructible love

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Embroideries

Embroideries

Marjane Satrapi

By turns heartbreaking and hilarious, this book's stories lift the veil off the real, private lives of Iranian women and - perfectly captured in Satrapi's simple, beguiling drawings - reveal the connections between women...

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Ghost World

Ghost World

Daniel Clowes

Ghose World tells of the adventures of Enid Coleslaw and Beck Doppelmeyer, two bored, supremely ironic teenage girls. They pass the time complaining about the guys they know and fantasising about strange men they see in the local...

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Dare Me

Dare Me

Megan Abbott

From the bestselling author of The End of Everything, a searing new novel about the dark heart of adolescence.

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The Secret Place (Dublin Murder Squad Book 5)

The Secret Place (Dublin Murder Squad Book 5)

Tana French

Marian Keyes tweeted 'it's brilliant!', Marie Claire calls it 'a gripping read for those still pining for GONE GIRL' and Gillian Flynn says it's 'an absolutely mesmerizing read'. They all know who killed him. Do you?

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Hidden Figures

Hidden Figures

Margot Lee Shetterly

Set amid the civil rights movement, the never-before-told true story of NASA's African-American female mathematicians who played a crucial role in America's space program.  

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The Joy Luck Club

The Joy Luck Club

Amy Tan

Amy Tan's moving and poignant tale of immigrant Chinese mothers and their American-born daughters that inspired the BAFTA nominated filmIn 1949 four Chinese women, recent immigrants to San Francisco, meet weekly to play mahjong...

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The Group

Mary McCarthy, Candace Bushnell

The Group follows eight graduates from exclusive Vassar College as they find love and heartbreak, forge careers, gossip and  party in 1930s Manhattan. The Group can be seen as the original Sex and the City. It is the...

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