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BBC Women's Watershed Fiction (2004 poll)

The results from a poll for BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour to find the most significant books for and about women. All genders welcome to vote.
This has a much more British slant than Jezebel's recent 75 Books Every Woman Should Read .
The BBC list totals 131* books rather than a top 100, as many of the books lower down received the same number of votes.
Please do not add books not on the original BBC lists. Thank you.

The same team carried out a smaller survey of men's reading preferences a couple of years later; that list is here

*Anna Karenina is the only title duplicated in the Top 30 and the list of the next 102.
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131 books · 37 voters · list created June 4th, 2013 by Antonomasia (votes) .
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