Women have been dominating the publishing world over the last three years.

Last year, 64% of the publishing workforce was female and it’s impossible not to notice how much female authors are dominating charts and prize lists. This would have been unthinkable a decade ago, but it is one of the few industries that is starting to show change (at least in the world of fiction). Suffice to say, when we made a list of our favourite books by women of the last few years, it was very difficult to choose!

These are our picks of books that deal with the intricacies and intersections of gender, equality, business and mental health. 

NON-FICTION

 

The Right to Sex by Amia Srinivasan

Thrilling, sharp, and deeply humane, philosopher Amia Srinivasan’s The Right to Sex: Feminism in the Twenty-First Century upends the way we discuss—or avoid discussing—the problems and politics of sex.” – Macmillan

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Know My Name by Chanel Miller 

She was known to the world as Emily Doe when she stunned millions with a letter. Brock Turner had been sentenced to just six months in county jail after he was found sexually assaulting her on Stanford’s campus. Now she reclaims her identity to tell her story of trauma, transcendence, and the power of words.” – Penguin Random House

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Priestdaddy by Patricia Lockwood

Priestdaddy is an entertaining, unforgettable portrait of a deeply odd religious upbringing, and how one balances a hard-won identity with the weight of family and tradition.” -Penguin Random House

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Invisible Women by Caroline Criado Perez

From government policy and medical research, to technology, workplaces, and the media. Invisible Women reveals how in a world built for and by men we are systematically ignoring half of the population, often with disastrous consequences.” – Penguin

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How to Own the Room by Viv Groskop

Most books about public speaking don’t tell you what to do when you open your mouth and nothing comes out. And they don’t tell you how to get over the anxiety about performance that most people naturally have. They don’t tell you what to do in the moments when you are made, as a woman, to feel small. They don’t tell you how to own the room. This book does.” – Penguin

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Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

“Whether we are looking to write a book, make art, find new ways to address challenges in our work,  embark on a dream long deferred, or simply infuse our everyday lives with more mindfulness and passion, Big Magic cracks open a world of wonder and joy.” – Penguin Random House

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FICTION

Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo

Girl, Woman, Other follows the lives of twelve very different people in Britain, predominantly female and black. Aged 19 to 93, they span a variety of cultural backgrounds, sexualities, classes and occupations as they tell the stories of themselves, their families, friends and lovers, across the country and through the years.” – Penguin

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Matrix by Lauren Groff

Seventeen-year-old Marie, too wild for courtly life, is thrown to the dogs one winter morning, expelled from the royal court to become the prioress of an abbey. Marie is strange – tall, a giantess, her elbows and knees stick out, ungainly. At first taken aback by life at the abbey, Marie finds purpose and passion among her mercurial sisters. Yet she deeply misses her secret lover Cecily and queen Eleanor.” – Penguin 

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Small Pleasures by Clare Chambers

When a young woman, Gretchen Tilbury, contacts the paper to claim that her daughter is the result of a virgin birth, it is down to Jean to discover whether she is a miracle or a fraud. As the investigation turns her quiet life inside out, Jean is suddenly given an unexpected chance at friendship, love and – possibly – happiness.” – Weidenfeld & Nicolson

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The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Aging and reclusive Hollywood movie icon Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. But when she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now?” – Simon and Schuster

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Detransition Baby by Torrey Peters

Reese almost had it all: a loving relationship with Amy, an apartment in New York City, a job she didn’t hate. The only thing missing was a child. But then her girlfriend, Amy, detransitioned and became Ames, and everything fell apart. Now Reese is caught in a self-destructive pattern: avoiding her loneliness by sleeping with married men Ames isn’t happy either. He thought detransitioning to live as a man would make life easier, but that decision cost him his relationship with Reese—and losing her meant losing his only family. Even though their romance is over, he longs to find a way back to her. When Ames’s boss and lover, Katrina, reveals that she’s pregnant with his baby—and that she’s not sure whether she wants to keep it—Ames wonders if this is the chance he’s been waiting for.” – Penguin Random House

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Love Marriage by Monica Ali

“Yasmin Ghorami has a lot to be grateful for: a loving family, a fledgling career in medicine, and a charming, handsome fiancée, fellow doctor Joe Sangster. But as the wedding day draws closer and Yasmin’s parents get to know Joe’s firebrand feminist mother, both families must confront the unravelling of long-held secrets, lies and betrayals.” – Hachette

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Natalia Albin

Natalia Albin

About your author

Natalia is a writer and branding creative specialising in graphic design. Originally from Mexico City, she has now made her home in London. After completing an MA in Screenwriting, she founded her own creative studio, Ataraxia. She is also the Co-Founder of UK-based clothing brand MEXI.Clothing and the host of The Avocado Social Club podcast, where she covers topics that matter to the young generations, from politics to popular culture.

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