Today just a quick list of 10 great female authors.
- The Bronte Sisters. I love them for the extraordinariness of ordinary women in books like Jane Eyre or Agnes Grey.
- Agatha Christie. I love that I can never guess the murderer, no matter how many I read. After all, it might be the narrator, or one of the victims, or who even knows! (Roger Ackroyd, And Then There Were None, etc.)
- L.M. Montgomery. I first fell in love with the Emily Trilogy, and my current favourite is The Blue Castle. I love that she believes in romance and beauty, but writes them with humour and darkness, so they’re never saccharine or cloying.
- Harper Lee. She only wrote the one book but it is perfect.
- Ursula Le Guin. The Earthsea Series is a good place to start but I’ve recently been enjoying her science fiction like The Word for World is Forest and Changing Planes. Such beautiful writing.
- Jane Austen. No introduction necessary, correct? I think I like Mansfield Park best.
- Rumer Godden. Start with An Episode of Sparrows. Characterization and insight into human nature always on point.
- Laura Ingalls. Start at the beginning of the Little House series and read all the way through. Her memory is so sharp; not only does she capture all the details of pioneer life (it’s practically a manual), but whatever age she’s writing about, she inhabits that little girl or young woman so well, it’s hard to believe it’s not a diary.
- Astrid Lindgren. Well-known for the firecracker humour and imagination of Pippi Longstocking, which is, of course, fabulous, but for something a little less on the beaten track, try Ronia the Robber’s Daughter.
- Madeline L’Engle. A beautiful marriage of theology, science, and humanity in every book, but never pontificating or out-of-place in the fiction. A Swiftly Tilting Planet is probably my favourite.