The Baileys Women’s Prize For Fiction: And The Top 20 Most Impactful Books Written By Women Are…

29 July 2014 by

In May 2014, the Baileys Women’s Prize For Fiction launched a social media campaign in search of the most impactful books written by women.

Backed by the likes of Jennifer Saunders, Susannah Reid and Kate Mosse - readers were asked to nominate the novel written by a woman that has had the most profound effect on their life by tweeting to the hashtag #ThisBook.

Today the Top 20 were announced with Harper Lee’s timeless classic To Kill a Mockingbird taking the number one spot.

Margaret Atwood’s dystopian fiction The Handmaid’s Tale and Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre taking second and third place respectively.

Shami Chakrabarti, Director of Liberty was named today as Chair of judges for the 2015 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction.  She took part in the campaign launch in May and selected To Kill a Mockingbird as her #ThisBook.

She said: “With human rights under attack the world over, the enduring appeal of Harper Lee's great tale gives hope that justice and equality might yet triumph over prejudice. “

Interestingly, nearly half of the top 20 books were published before 1960!

Take a look at the Top 20 below to see if your fave made the list:

  1. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
  2. The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
  3. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
  4. Harry Potter – J.K Rowling
  5. Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
  6. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
  7. Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier
  8. Little Women – Louisa May Alcott
  9. The Secret History – Donna Tartt
  10. I Capture The Castle – Dodie Smith
  11. The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
  12. Beloved – Toni Morrison
  13. Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell
  14. We Need To Talk About Kevin – Lionel Shriver
  15. The Time Traveller’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
  16. Middlemarch – George Eliot
  17. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings – Maya Angelou
  18. The Golden Notebook – Doris Lessing
  19. The Colour Purple – Alice Walker
  20. The Women’s Room – Marilyn French

Fancy getting your nose stuck in to this lot? Well make sure you look out for our tweet from @Grazia_Live tomorrow to be in with a chance of winning all twenty.

Happy reading!


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