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To help celebrate Women's History Month, the Collective have teamed up with the library and English department to bring you 'Women in Literature'. We have compiled 26 female authors, spanning a range of genres including historical and contemporary themes.  We all know reading is important to our studies but reading can do so much more, it can improve our mental health, improve our memory and ultimately broaden our horizons.  Many of these novels are available from the library, so why not take some time out and discover something new.

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Ashley Poston

Ashley Poston is the New York Times best-selling author of romantic stories for both teens and adults. Books include Geekerella, The Dead Romantics and The Seven Year Slip.

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Helen Dunmore

Dunmore is widely recognised as one of the most acclaimed and talented writers of her generation; she was once described as a ‘poet and novelist with a flair for reinvention and making history human’. Books include Ingo Series.

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Gita Trelease

Gita Trelease is the author of Enchantée a YA fantasy set on the eve of the French Revolution, and its sequel Liberté.

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Jess Rothenberg

A former editor of books for young readers, including the #1 International Bestselling Vampire Academy series,  Her debut novel for teens, The Catastrophic History of You & Me is a must read and her new book The Kingdom is out soon.

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Margaret Atwood

The Handmaid's Tale, The Testaments, Cat's Eye, The Blind Assassin, Oryx and Crake, Hag-seed ... need we say anymore. If you have not yet read a book by Atwood, where and what have been doing! 

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Beatrix Potter

Helen Beatrix Potter was an English writer, illustrator, natural scientist, and conservationist. She is best known for her children's books featuring animals, such as The Tale of Peter Rabbit, which was her first published work in 1902. 

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Sophie McKenzie

Girl, Missing came out in October 2006. Since then Sophie has published many more teen thrillers as well as two teen romance series, a couple of books for younger children and, more recently, a number of standalone crime fiction novels for adults.

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Serena Valentino 

Serena Valentino is an American comic book writer, author, and storyteller. She created the comic book series Gloomcookie and Nightmares & Fairy Tales. 

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Robyn Young

Robyn Young is an English author of historical fiction. She is most widely known for her Brethren trilogy, set in the Middle Ages. Her books have been published in more than 15 languages

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Holly Black

Holly Black is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of fantasy novels, Her books include Folk of the Air Trilogy.

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Emily Brontë

“I'’ve dreamt in my life dreams that have stayed with me ever after, and changed my ideas: they’ve gone through and through me, like wine through water, and altered the colour of my mind' Need we say anymore.

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Lisa Heathfield

An award-winning author, Lisa Heathfield launched her writing career with Seed in 2015.  Other works include Paper Butterflies is her beautiful, heart-breaking second novel. Flight of Starling,

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Brigid Kemmerer

Brigid Kemmerer is the New York Times bestselling author of dark and alluring Young Adult novels like Defy the Night, A Curse So Dark and paranormal YA stories like The Elemental Series and Thicker Than Water.

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Nicki Thornton

Nicki Thornton has run an independent bookshop in Abingdon, England for more than ten years. Her debut novel, The Last Chance Hotel, won the Times Children's Fiction Competition 2016

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Julia Quinn

Julia Quinn is best known for her romantic novels the Bridgerton Series, which has recently been adapted to screen by producer Shonda Rimes.

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PL Travers

In 1926, Travers published a short story, "Mary Poppins and the Match Man", which introduced the nanny character of Mary Poppins and Bert the street artist. This led to one of Walt Disney's most successful films. 

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Lucy Worsley

Is an author, historian and a tv presenter. Her books include My Name is Victoria, Eliza Rose and A Very British Murder

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Zoraida Córdova

Zoraida Córdova is the acclaimed author of more than two dozen novels and short stories, including the Brooklyn Brujas series, Star Wars: The High Republic: Convergence, and The Inheritance of Orquídea Divina.

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Connie Glynn

Passionate about story telling in all its forms, Glynn’s writing has a strong focus on queer joy and LGBTQ+ issues. They love to weave magic into the seemingly ordinary, and she describes herself as 80% writer and 20% incorrigible daydreamer.

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Frances Hodgson Burnett

Although her beloved children's books such as The Secret Garden and A Little Princess are widely available, her lesser-known adult fiction has been nearly impossible to access.

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Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé

Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé is the instant New York Times, International bestselling & Award-winning author of ACE OF SPADES. She is an avid tea drinker, a collector of strange mugs and a recent graduate from a university in the Scotland.

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Leigh Bardugo

Leigh Bardugo is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Ninth House and the creator of the Grishaverse (Netflix original series) which spans the Shadow and Bone trilogy, the Six of Crows duology, the King of Scars duology—and much more.

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Alice Oseman

Alice Oseman is an award-winning author, illustrator, and screenwriter, She has written four YA contemporary novels about teenage disasters: Solitaire, Radio Silence, I Was Born for This, and Loveless. She is the creator of LGBTQ+ YA romance webcomic Heartstopper.

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Ravena Guron

Growing up Guron always read the last page of books first, but discovering Agatha Christie in her early teens stopped that habit, igniting a love of twisty murder-mysteries with jaw-dropping endings the reader never saw coming. 

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Ursula Le Guin

Ursula Le Guin was an American author best known for her works of speculative fiction, including science fiction works set in her Hainish universe, and the Earthsea fantasy series

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Xiran Jay Zhao

Xiran Jay Zhao is a Chinese-born Canadian author and Internet personality. Their debut novel, Iron Widow, became a No. 1 New York Times Best Seller and won the 2021 BSFA Award for Best Book for Younger Readers

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