The Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction has launched a project to highlight the books written by women which have impacted our lives.
You can nominate your choice using the #ThisBook hashtag on Twitter. The top 20 will be revealed in July.
A number of high-profile women have revealed their favourites and there have been some eclectic choices so far. Tanni Grey Thompson has chosen ‘Gone Girl‘ by Gillian Flynn and Mary Beard has selected ‘Jane Eyre’ by Charlotte Brontë. Caitlin Moran has chosen ‘Two Pence to Cross the Mersey’ by Helen Forrester while Grace Dent picked ‘The Pursuit of Love’ by Nancy Mitford. ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ has been chosen by Shami Chakrabati and Sharleen Spiteri and I suspect it will feature somewhere near the top of the list when it is announced in a few weeks time.
I chose ‘The Secret History’ by Donna Tartt which I read at the end of my first year of university after a longish period of not really reading anything purely for pleasure. In a roundabout kind of way, it led to the creation of this blog.
Which book written by a woman has had the most impact on you?