For Women’s History Month, I collected together some of my favourite books, many of which can give you insight into what it’s like to be a woman now and in the past, as well as to be in relationships. I hope you can find something to inspire you!

Contemporary Fiction

Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid

Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Levin

Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus

Girl, Woman, Other by Bernadine Evaristo

Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams

Luther by Raven Leilani

Burnt Sugar by Avni Doshi

You Exist Too Much by Zaina Arafat

Adults by Emma Jane Unsworth

Love and Other Experiments by Sophie Ward

Grounds for Divorce by Remy Maisel

One for Sorrow, One for Joy by Marie-Claire Amuah

The Beauty of Your Face by Sahar Mustafah

Lyrics Alley by Leila Aboulela

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout

Great Circle by Maggies Shipstead

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

Sorrow and Bliss by Meg Mason

Detransition, Baby by Torrey Peters

Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones

Transit (and others in the trilogy) by Rachel Cusk

This Must Be the Place by Maggie O’Farrell

Inheritance by Balli Kaur Jaswal

The Testaments by Margaret Atwood

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey

The Lessons by Naomi Alderman

Gilead (and others in the trilogy) by Marilynne Robinson

Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver

Fingersmith, Tipping the Velvet and others by Sarah Waters

Twentieth Century Fiction

The Weather in the Streets by Rosamund Lehmann

Every Light in the House Burnin’ by Andrea Levy

An Experiment in Love by Hilary Mantel

Less than Angels by Barbara Pym

Our Spoons Came from Woolworths by Barbara Comyns

The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

Why be happy when you can be normal? by Jeanette Winterson

They were sisters by Dorothy Whipple

The thing around your neck by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Thank Heaven Fasting E. M. Delafield

The Scent of Water by Elizabeth Goudge

Sacred Country by Rose Tremain

In a Summer Season by Elizabeth Taylor

They were Sisters by Dorothy Whipple

Astonishing Splashes of Colour by Clare Morrall

The Essence of the Thing by Madeleine St John

The Making of a Marchioness by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Miss Buncle’s Book by De Stevenson

Miss Ranskill Comes Home by Barbara Euphan Todd

One Fine Day by Molly Panter-Downes

The Age of Grief by Jane Smiley


Negroland by Margo Jefferson

Explaining Humans by Camilla Pang

Gender Mosaic: Beyond the Myth of the Male and Female Brain by Daphna Joel and Luba Vikhanski

The Gendered Brain by Gina Rippon

Manifesto by Bernadine Evaristo

Period Piece by Gwen Raverat

A London Child of the 1870s (and others in the series) by M .V. Hughes

Invisible Women by Caroline Criado Perez

Eve by Cat Bohannon

Gender Explorers by Juno Roche

Trans Power by Juno Roche

The Transgender Issue by Shon Faye

The Salt Path by Raynor Winn

Mom & Me & Mom by Maya Angelou

I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai

Trans: A Memoir by Juliet Jacques