My favourite Literary Fiction novels (written by women)

513tO2ryc1L._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_Following up on my post of my Favourite YA novels, and inspired by a discussion on tumblr about my post on female authors, here are my favourite Literary Fiction books, written by women! Basically my blog is now just a place I post book recommendations, I hope you’re all okay with that.

My Education – Susan Choi – turns the common ‘male professor sleeping with female students’ trope around in absolutely the best way

May We Be Forgiven – A. M. Homes – If you’ve ever seen Breaking Bad, this is the book equivalent of that. There’s a huge ‘oh shiiiiiit’ moment on every other page.

The Idea of Perfection – Kate Grenville – The rare occasion when a female driven romance gets recognised for prizes. This is a lovely, sweet story about two unconventionally beautiful people, set in the Australian outback.

9781860498800The Blind Assassin – Margaret Atwood – I read this when I was about 15 and I adored it. Super great book about female writers and relationships between sisters.

The Paying Guests – Sarah Waters – Literally amazing. Twenties ladies falling in love and getting into trouble. This better win the Baileys prize or else.

Station Eleven – Emily St John Mandel – This is a Dystopian, so I’m not sure if it’s technically Literary fiction, but it shares a lot of the same themes and in my opinion everyone should read it asap.

download (3)A Visit from the Goon Squad – Jennifer Egan – Goooood, I love this book so much. It hops from person to person via vague connections, and every POV is distinct and different and it’s! amazing! One storyline is told through powerpoint slides, and idea that may have *cough* inspired some elements of The Next Together.

The Miniaturist – Jessie Burton – Historical fiction with a little hint of magic, set in Amsterdam, with amazingly complex and brilliant female charaters.

Room – Emma Donoghue – A really intense read about a woman held captive, told from the point of view of her young son. (Happy ending, though!)

If I was going to carry this series on (which I most definitely am) what would you like to see next? My favourite historical books? Dystopian books? Graphic novels? Let me know in the comments!

A rebloggable version of this post can be found here.

Published by Lauren James

Lauren James is the twice Carnegie-nominated British author of many Young Adult novels, including Green Rising, The Reckless Afterlife of Harriet Stoker and The Loneliest Girl in the Universe. She is a RLF Royal Fellow, freelance editor and screenwriter. Lauren is the founder of the Climate Fiction Writers League, and on the board of the Authors & Illustrators Sustainability Working Group through the Society of Authors. Her books have sold over a hundred thousand copies worldwide and been translated into six languages. The Quiet at the End of the World was shortlisted for the YA Book Prize and STEAM Children’s Book Award. Her other novels include The Next Together series, the dyslexia-friendly novella series The Watchmaker and the Duke and serialised online novel An Unauthorised Fan Treatise. She was born in 1992, and has a Masters degree from the University of Nottingham, where she studied Chemistry and Physics. Lauren is a passionate advocate of STEM further education, and many of her books feature female scientists in prominent roles. She sold the rights to her first novel when she was 21, whilst she was still at university. Her writing has been described as ‘gripping romantic sci-fi’ by the Wall Street Journal and ‘a strange, witty, compulsively unpredictable read which blows most of its new YA-suspense brethren out of the water’ by Entertainment Weekly. Lauren lives in the West Midlands and is an Arts Council grant recipient. She has written articles for numerous publications, including the Guardian, Buzzfeed, Den of Geek, The Toast, and the Children’s Writers and Artist’s Yearbook 2022. She has taught creative writing for Coventry University, WriteMentor, and Writing West Midlands.

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