‘A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction’. So said Virginia Woolf in her famous 1929 essay A Room One’s Own, which saw her branded a radical feminist simply for arguing that women should have the same conditions as men in which to be creative – to write. As I type this, the longlist for the 2019 Women’s Prize for Fiction has just been announced and the 16-strong, diverse range of novels recognised is testament to quite how far we’ve come!
With the added celebrations this March of Women’s History Month (in the USA, UK and Australia), International Women’s Day on the 8th and Mother’s Day the 31st, I couldn’t resist the opportunity to dedicate this fortnight’s book edit to a selection of novels by contemporary women writers.
These picks aren’t from the Women’s Prize longlist (you’ll find those in-store though and we’d love to know your favourites) but all are deserving of the spotlight: powerful, gripping, brilliant examples of fiction by women writers today.