Our new list of the Top 50 Women Writers of the Last 50 Years is done!

Carole & staff with list poster

Carole Beu and staff with the 2020 list. L to R Janne, Carole, Tanya, Rachel, Abby & Katie

Your picks for 1970 to 2020 are:

1

Margaret Atwood

The Handmaid's Tale

2

Patricia Grace

Pōtiki (et al)

3

Kate Atkinson

Life After Life

4

Barbara Kingsolver

The Poisonwood Bible

5

Bernardine Evaristo

Girl, Woman, Other

6

Donna Tartt

The Secret History

7

Hilary Mantel

Wolf Hall

8

Elizabeth Strout

Olive Kitteridge

9

Zadie Smith

White Teeth

10

Ann Patchett

Bel Canto (et al)

11

Arundhati Roy

The God of Small Things

12

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Half a Yellow Sun

13

Toni Morrison

Beloved (et al) 

14

Fiona Kidman

This Mortal Boy

15

Elena Ferrante

My Brilliant Friend

16

Elizabeth Knox

The Absolute Book

17

Sally Rooney

Normal People

18

Eleanor Catton

The Luminaries

19

Janet Frame

An Angel at My Table (et al)

20

Maggie O'Farrell

Hamnet

21

Geraldine Brooks

People of the Book (et al)

22

Rose Tremain

Music & Silence; The Road Home

23

Kamila Shamsie

Home Fire

24

Aminatta Forna

Happiness

25

Annie Proulx

The Shipping News

26

Keri Hulme

Bone People

27

Lionel Shriver

We Need to Talk About Kevin

28

A S Byatt

Possession

29

Catherine Chidgey

The Wish Child

30

Emma Donoghue

Room (et al)

31

Anne Enright

The Gathering; Green Road

32

Becky Manawatu

Auē

33

Delia Owens

Where the Crawdads Sing

34

Hanya Yanagihara

A Little Life

35

Kate Grenville

The Secret River

36

Pat Barker

The Regeneration Trilogy

37

Ali Smith

How To Be Both

38

Fiona Farrell

Book Book; The Broken Book

39

Isabel Allende

The House of the Spirits

40

Alice Hoffman

The Dovekeepers

41

Anne Tyler

Breathing Lessons

42

Jeanette Winterson

Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit

43

Madeline Miller

Circe

44

Marilynne Robinson

Lila (et al)

45

Anna Burns

Milkman

46

Anne Michaels

Fugitive Pieces

47

Alice Walker

The Color Purple

48

Carol Shields

The Stone Diaries

49

Amy Bloom

Lucky Us

50

Jane Gardam

Old Filth