Fifty-fifty women
This is the top fifty women writers of the last fifty years (1960-2010) as voted by thousands of readers in New Zealand. The list was produced by the Women's Bookshop, an award winning independant bookshop in Auckland, New Zealand. Hence the prominence of great Kiwi writers such as Patricia Grace, Janet Frame and Elizabeth Knox.
1 The Handmaid's Tale
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2 Possession
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3 The House of the Spirits
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4 The Vintner's Luck (Vintner...
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5 The Shipping News
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6 The God of Small Things
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7 Wolf Hall (Thomas Cromwell,...
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8 The Poisonwood Bible
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9 Beloved (Toni Morrison Tril...
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10 The Color Purple
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11 The Golden Notebook
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12 Wild Swans: Three Daughters...
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13 The Stone Diaries
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14 The Radiant Way
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15 Music and Silence
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16 The Bone People
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17 Death in Holy Orders (Adam ...
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18 Janet Frame: An Autobiography
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19 Behind the Scenes at the Mu...
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20 Chocolat (Chocolat, #1)
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21 The Joy Luck Club
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22 Runaway
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23 My Sister's Keeper
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23 Bel Canto
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25 The Secret River
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26 The Other Boleyn Girl (The ...
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27 Tu
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27 The Time Traveler's Wife
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29 We Were the Mulvaneys
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30 The Captive Wife
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31 Have the Men Had Enough?
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32 Sing To Me Dreamer
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33 The Denniston Rose
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33 books · 13 voters · list created April 20th, 2011 by Alison (votes) .
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Susanna - Censored by GoodReads This is thirteen; who are the others?


message 2: by Themis-Athena (Does not and never will own a Kindle) (last edited Apr 20, 2011 04:26PM) (new)

Themis-Athena (Does not and never will own a Kindle) Also, who were the readers who voted on this -- the participants in a poll (organized by whom)? Where is the outcome of that vote published?


message 3: by Alison (new)

Alison oops didn't think anyone would notice this list until I had finished adding the books!

the list was produced by the Women's Bookshop, an award winning independant bookshop in Auckland, New Zealand.

until I get the full list populate here you can see the entries here


message 4: by Themis-Athena (Does not and never will own a Kindle) (last edited Apr 21, 2011 12:21PM) (new)

Themis-Athena (Does not and never will own a Kindle) Oh, cool, a NZ list -- how nice to see something different among all those entries from the U.S. and Britain!

Thanks for posting the link. Are you associated with The Women's Bookshop?

ETA: This place (GR) moves fast, as you can see ... if folks find a newly-created list interesting, they'll sometimes even jump in and start voting on it while you're still in the process of adding books yourself! :)


Themis-Athena (Does not and never will own a Kindle) FWIW, the top 50 entries listed are:

1. Margaret Atwood - The Handmaid’s Tale
2. Barbara Kingsolver - The Poisonwood Bible
3. Janet Frame - An Autobiography
4. Annie Proulx The Shipping News
5. Patricia Grace - Tu
6. Doris Lessing - The Golden Notebook
7. Rose Tremain - Music & Silence
8. Carol Shields - The Stone Diaries
9. Elizabeth Knox - The Vintner’s Luck
10. Kate Atkinson - Behind the Scenes at the Museum
11. A S Byatt - Possession
11. Fiona Kidman - The Captive Wife
13. Isabel Allende - The House of the Spirits
14. Alice Munro - Runaway
15. Margaret Drabble - The Radiant Way
16. P D James - Death in Holy Orders
17. Jodi Picoult - My Sister’s Keeper
18. Margaret Forster Have the Men Had Enough?
19. Shonagh Koea - Sing to Me, Dreamer
20. Keri Hulme - The Bone People
21. Jenny Pattrick - The Denniston Rose
22. Pat Barker - The Regeneration Trilogy
23. Arundhati Roy - The God of Small Things
24. Alice Sebold - The Lovely Bones
25. Amy Tan - The Joy Luck Club
26. Joanne Harris - Chocolat
27. Fiona Farrell - Book Book
28. Philippa Gregory - The Other Boleyn Girl
29. Audrey Niffenegger - The Time Traveler’s Wife
30. Kate Grenville - The Secret River
31. Iris Murdoch - The Sea, The Sea
32. Anne Michaels - Fugitive Pieces
33. Anita Shreve - The Pilot’s Wife
34. Fay Weldon - The Life and Loves of a She Devil
35. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie - Half of a Yellow Sun
36. Marilynne Robinson - Housekeeping / Gilead
37. Margaret Mahy - Memory
38. Geraldine Brooks - People of the Book
39. Anne Tyler - Digging to America
40. Kate De Goldi - The 10pm Question
41. Hilary Mantel - Wolf Hall
42. Alice Walker - The Color Purple
43. Paullina Simons - The Bronze Horseman
44. Ann Patchett - Bel Canto
45. Joanna Trollope - The Choir
46. Jung Chang - Wild Swans
47. Lionel Shriver - We Need to Talk About Kevin
48. Joyce Carol Oates - We Were the Mulvaneys
49. Andrea Levy - Small Island
50. Toni Morrison - Beloved


message 6: by Alison (new)

Alison I'm not affiliated with the bookshop. A friend brought a copy of the list to our most recent book club and I liked it.


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