20 Most life-changing novels

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Harry Potter and the top 20 novels by women authors

Harry Potter, Jane Eyre and To Kill a Mockingbird among the top 20 most life-changing novels written by a woman, according to new poll

Can Harry Potter change your life? Apparently so, as JK Rowling’s stories have been named in a list of the most life-changing novels written by a woman.

Harper Lee’s classic To Kill A Mockingbird tops the list, which was put together by the Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction via a social media campaign.

Second in the list is The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood’s vision of a dystopian future in which females are subjugated and fertile women forced to bear children on demand.

Jane Eyre is third, followed by the Harry Potter series. The rest of the top 10 is taken up by classics – Wuthering Heights, Pride and Prejudice, Rebecca, Little Women and I Capture the Castle – and Donna Tartt’s The Secret History.

Readers were asked to name the novel by a female author “that had the most profound effect on their life” and tweet it under the hashtag #ThisBook.

Top 20 Life-Changing Novels by Women

1 To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee

2 The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood

3 Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte

4 Harry Potter – JK Rowling

5 Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte

6 Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen

7 Rebecca – Daphne du Maurier

8 Little Women – Louisa May Alcott

9 The Secret History – Donna Tartt

10 I Capture the Castle – Dodie Smith

11 The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath

12 Beloved – Toni Morrison

13 Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell

14 We Need To Talk About Kevin – Lionel Shriver

15 The Time Traveller’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger

16 Middlemarch – George Eliot

17 I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings – Maya Angelou

18 The Golden Notebook – Doris Lessing

19 The Colour Purple – Alice Walker

20 The Women’s Room – Marilyn French

Read further @ The Telegraph

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~ by eneryvibes on 1,August 10, 2014.

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