The Year of Reading Women (or, 2014, as some of you may know it) just keeps getting better. Last month the folks over at Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction launched #ThisBook, an exciting social media campaign to find the novels written by women that have most impacted readers. Nineteen influential women kicked off the #ThisBook conversation and shared the book by a woman that most impacted, shaped or changed their life. To make it an even 20, I’ve added my pick at the end.
Baroness Amos – Beloved by Toni Morrison
Zawe Ashton – The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
Mary Beard – Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brönte
Edith Bowman – The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
Saffron Burrows – I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
Shami Chakrabarti – To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Gwen Christie – I Capture The Castle by Dodie Smith
Grace Dent – The Pursuit of Love by Nancy Mitford
Katherine Grainger – Behind the Scenes at the Museum by Kate Atkinson
Tanni Grey Thompson – Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Martha Lane Fox – Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell
Caitlin Moran – Twopence to Cross the Mersey by Helen Forrester
Kate Mosse – Wuthering Heights by Emily Brönte
Dawn O’Porter – Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson
Susanna Reid – We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver
Jennifer Saunders – Dust by Patricia Cornwell
Sharleen Spiteri - To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Sandi Toksvig – Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons
Joanna Trollope - The Towers of Trebizond by Rose Macaulay
And lastly, my vote is for Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. But really, how can I pick just one? I’d also add Paradise by Toni Morrison, The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls and The Color Purple by Alice Walker.
Tweet using #ThisBook to take part and cast your vote for the book (by a woman) that most impacted, shaped or changed your life. The Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction team will collect your votes and reveal a Top 20 list in July.