This is a list of all my book blog posts about books BY women which are PRO woman – either overtly feminist, or dealing with “women’s issues”, or just plain telling a story from a woman’s and/or a woman-centred perspective.

* = Books that I would suggest are “feminist must-reads”

Fiction / drama
1861 George Eliot, Silas Marner
1977 Marilyn French, The Women’s Room *
1978 M M Kaye, The Far Pavillions
1982 Alice Walker, The Color Purple *
1985 Jeanette Winterson, Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit *
Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale *
1986 Andrea Dworkin, Ice and Fire *
1990 A.S. Byatt, Possession: a Romance
1991 Diana Gabaldon, Cross Stitch
1992 Alice Walker, Possessing the Secret of Joy *
1993 Annie Proulx, The Shipping News
1994 Andrea Levy, Every Light in the House Burnin’ *
1995 Kate Atkinson, Behind the Scenes at the Museum *
1997 Anita Diamant, The Red Tent *
1998 Eve Ensler, The Vagina Monologues *
1999 Sena Jeter Naslund, Ahab’s Wife *
2003 Monica Ali, Brick Lane
2005 Marina Lewycka, A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian
For younger readers
1992 Jacqueline Wilson, The Suitcase Kid
1997 Jacqueline Wilson, Girls in Love
1998 Jacqueline Wilson, Girls Under Pressure
1999 Jacqueline Wilson, Girls Out Late
2001 Jacqueline Wilson, Dustbin Baby
Jacqueline Wilson, Sleep-overs
Malorie Blackman, Noughts and Crosses
Trudi Canavan, The Magician’s Guild
2002 Jacqueline Wilson, Secrets
Jacqueline Wilson, The Worry Website
Jacqueline Wilson, Girls in Tears
2003 Celia Rees, Pirates!
Ursula Jones (and Russell Ayto), The Witch’s Children and the Queen
2004 bell hooks, Skin Again
Non-fiction
1792 Mary Wollstonecraft, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman
1970 Shulamith Firestone, The Dialectic of Sex
1990 Naomi Wolf, The Beauty Myth *
1991 Mala Sen, India’s Bandit Queen
1992 Jean P Sasson, Princess
1997 Alice Walker, Anything We Love Can Be Saved
2001 Mala Sen, Death by Fire
Naomi Wolf, Misconceptions
2002 Inga Muscio, Cunt *
Latifa, My Forbidden Face
2003 Fiona Giles, Fresh Milk: The Secret Life of Breasts
2004 Petrina Brown, Eve: Sex, Childbirth and Motherhood through the Ages
Shirley Harrison, Sylvia Pankhurst: A Maverick Life
2006 Ariel Levy, Female Chauvinist Pigs *
2007 Lois Martin, The History of Witchcraft
Afterthought
There are going to be some books that really belong on this list but which do not fit my criteria detailed above, for example because they are by men. I will add these down here.
1929 Erich Maria Remarque, All Quiet on the Western Front
1940* Mikhail Bulgakov, The Master and Margarita
1975 Frederick Leboyer, Birth without violence
1999 John Malam, Tell me about Mary Seacole