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#ThisBook campaign seeks powerful female authors


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 MosseWuthering 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.

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