The Author List

The list of female authors as suggested to me by some friends and members of the Amanda Palmer Patreon Facebook group.

Particular books that were suggested have been added after the author’s name, and occasionally the genre they fall into as well.

Isabel Allende

JK Rowling

Cecelia Ahern

Fluffy by Simone Lia

Kate Mosse – Sepulchre and Labyrinth

Robin Hobb

Charlotte Perkins Gillman – Yellow Wallpaper

Ursual L’guin – Left Hand of Darkness – The Dispossessed – The Lathe of Heaven – The Earthsea Chronicles

Donna Tartt – The Secret History

Katherine Kerr – The Deverry Cycle

Amy Tan

Marian Keyes

The Group by Mary McCarthy

Mary Shelley

Anais Nin

Witches of Eileanan by Kate Forsythes

Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows – The Guernsey Literay Potato Peel Society

Helene Hanff – 84 Charing Cross Road

Jessie Burton – The Miniaturist

Erin Morgenstern – The Night Circus

Enid Blyton

Frances Hodgson Burnett – The Secret Garden

Kirsty Greenwood – The Vintage Guide to Love and Romane

Emily St Mandel – Station Eleven

Margaret Atwood – Oryx and Crake – The Year of the Flood – Mad Addam – The Handmaid’s Tale – Cat’s Eye – The Robber Bride

Clarice Listepctor

Alice Walker – The Colour Purple

The Vagina: A Literary and Cultural History – book of essays

Imogen Binne – Nevada

Ruth Rendell

Sara Douglass

Dorothy Sayers (crime fiction)

Lillian Braun

Andre Norton

Seanan McGuire

Willa Cather

Patti Smith – Just Kids

Sylvia Plath – The Bell Jar

Caitlin Moran – How to be a Woman

Sue Townsend – The entire Adrian Mole Series

Scarlett Thomas – The End of Mr. Y – Pop Co – Our Tragic Universe

Banana Yoshimoto – Kitchen – Asleep

Jeanette Winterson – Lighthousekeeping – Oranges are not the only fruit

Kirsty Logan – Gracekeepers

Alison Bechdel

Ellen Forney – Marbles

Marjane Satrapi – Persepolis

Azar Nafisi – Reading Lolita in Tehran

Ali Smith

Zadi Smith

Kathy Reichs (detective stories)

Laurell K. Hamilton (Vampire/faeries/erotic stories)

Marion Z. Bradley (fantasy)

Anne McCaffrey – Dragonsong (fantasy)

Virginia Woolf – The Hours – A Room of One’s Own – Orlando – Mrs Dalloway

Lynn Truss

Ellen Kushner – Swordspoint (stereotype breaking fantasy)

Maureen Johnson

Tamora Pierce (feminist/progressive YA fantasy)

Eva Hoffman

Susan Hill – The Woman in Black

Toni Morrison – Beloved

Barbara Gowdy – The White Bone

Lois Lowrey – The Giver quartet

Audrey Niffenger – The Time Traveller’s Wife

Carolyn Parkhurst – Dogs for Babel

Sara Gruen – Water for Elephants

Noelle Stevenson – Nimona

Gail Carriger – Etiquette and Espionage

Rosa Montero (dystopian SF)

Liliana Bodoc (fantasy)

Madeleine L’Engle – A Wrinkle in Time – Swiftly Tilting Planet

Maya Angelou – I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

Isobel Miller – Patience and Sarah

Angela Carter – Night at the Circus

Chimamanda Ngozi Abichie – Half of a Yellow Sun – Americanah

Jane Austin

The Brontes

Elizabeth Gaskell

George Eliot

Siri Hustvedt – The Blazing World – The Summer Without Men

Dorothy Parker

Joan Didion – The Year of Magical Thinking

Barbara Kingsolver – Flight Behaviour

Rebecca Skloot – The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Michelle Alexander – The New Jim Crow

Dara Horn – The World to Come

Yezierska – Bread Givers

Marge Piecry – Woman on the Edge of Time – Colours Passing Through Us – Sleeping with Cats

Sherri Tepper – The Gate to Women’s Country

The Golem and the Jinni

Divergent series

Hunger Games series

Patricia Calvert – The Snowbird

Natalie Babbit – Tuck Everlasting

Arundhati Roy – The God of Small Things

Octavia Butler – Kindred

Jean Rhys – Wide Sargasso

Agatha Christie

Kao Kalia Yang – The Latehomecomer

Roxane Gay – Bad Feminist

Maxine Beneba Clarke – Foreign Soil

Tanya Huff (fantasy and SF)

Jaine Fenn (hard SF)


Fiona Staples (graphic novel)

Bitch Planet (graphic novel)

Rat Queens (graphic novel)

Julie Maroh – Blue is the Warmest Colour

Heiresses of Russ (short story collections)

N.K. Jemisin (fantasy)

Bitch: In Praise of Difficult Women

Sara Addison Allen – Garden Spells – The Girl Who Chased the Moon – Lost Lake – The Peach Keeper – The Sugar Queen – First Frost

Connie Willis – To Say Nothing of the Dog – Blackout – All Clear (funny SF)

PD James

Poppy Z. Brite – Drawing Blood – Lost Souls

Catherynne M. Valente – The Melancholy of Mechagirl – The Girl Who Circumnavigaed Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making

Brene Brown

Dawna Markova – No Enemies Within

Lois McMaster Bujold – Shards of Horror + Barrayar together as Cordelia’s Horror

Kelly Link (short stories)

Pema Chodron

Sylvia Boorstein

Judith tarr

Louise Penny

Laurie R King

Muriel Babery

Gabrielle Zevin

Nina George

Louise Erdrich

Arundhati Roy

Sigrid Undset

Gail Simone (graphic novels)

Colleen Doran – A Distant Soil

Nnedi Okorafar (Sf and fantasy)

Louisa M Alcott – Little Women

Ruth Ozaeki – A Tale for the Time Being

Tove Jansson – The Summer Book – Sculptor’s Daughter

Willa Cather – My Antonia

Pat Barker – Regeneration Trilogy

Chelsea Quinn Yabro – Saint Germain series

Inga Muscio – Cunt

Elizabeth Gilbert – Eat Pray Love

Nancy A Collins – Sonja Blue series

Terri Windling – The Wood Wife

Jane Yolen

Maeve Binchy – Circle of Friends

Tanith Lee

P N Elrod

Barbara Hambly – James Asher Series

Jenny Lawson – Let’s Pretend this Never Happened

Alice Hoffman

Malala Yousafzai – I Am Malala

Eve Ensler

Cornelia Funke – Inkheart

Tess Gerritsen

Anne Rice

Patricia Cornwell

Emma Donoghue

Gillian Flynn

Lionel Shriver

Kaiesha Ford

Susanna Clarke – Jonathon Strange and Mr Norrel

Nicole Krauss – The History of Love

Susan Cain – Quiet

Marisha Pessl – Special Topics at Calamity Physics – Night Film

Edith Wharton – The Age of Innocence

Shirley Jackson – Hangsaman

A S Byatt – Possession

Carson McCullers – The Heart is a Lonely Hunter

Dorothy Allison – Bastard Out of Carolina

Susan Cooper

Justina Robson

Melanie Rawn (fantasy)

Anne Bishop (fantasy)

Karen Marie Moning – The Fever Series – The Highlander Series (fantasy)

Kelley Armstrong (fantasy)

Shana Swendson (fantasy)

Diana Gabaldon (fantasy)

Carol Ann Duffy – Femininie Gospels

Margery Allingham (crime fiction)

Rebecca Tope (crime fiction)

Minette Walters (crime fiction)

Karin Fossum (crime fiction)

Asa Larsson (crime fiction)

Patricia Wentworth (crime fiction)

Josephine Tey (crime fiction)

Linda Castillo (crime fiction)

Georgette Heyer (crime fiction)

Yrsa Sigurdardottir (crime fiction)

Camilla Lackberg (crime fiction)

Patricia Moyes (crime fiction)

Ellis Peters (crime fiction)

Janie Bolitho (crime fiction)

Patricia Highsmith (crime fiction)

Fred Vargas (crime fiction)

Carola Dunn (crime fiction)

I. J. Rozan (crime fiction)

Rebecca Solnit – Men Explain Things to Me

Doris Lessing – The Golden Notebook – The Grass is Singing

Monika Fagerholm – The American Girl

Hannah Nyala – Leave No Trave

CJ Cherryh – The Dreaming Tree – Downbelow Station (SF and fantasy)

Kage Baker – In the Garden of Iden (SF Fantasy)

Diana Wynne Jones – Howl’s Moving Castle – Fire and Hemlock – A Sudden Wild Magic – Dogsbody – Arche’s Goon

Jane Yolen

Francesca Lia Block – Weetzie Bat

Diane Diprima (poetry)

Lee Tulloch – Fabulous Nobody’s

Alice Munro – Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage

Mercedes Lackey

Jacqueline Carey

Ruth Clampett – Animate Me

Flannery O’Conner

Mary Higgins Clark

Harper Lee

Aimee Bender – The Girl in the Flammable Skirt – Willful Creatures

Mercedes Murdock Yardley

Kelli Owen

Mary San Giovanni

Cherie Priest

Damien Walters Grintalis

Monica O’Rourke

Kate Chopin – The Awakening

Katherine Boo – Behind the Beautiful Forevers

Joy Kogawa – Obasan

Kristen Britain – Gree Rider series

Kristen Cashore – Graceling – Fire- Bitterblue

E. Nesbit

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