Celebrate International Women's Day with our top 10 books by female authors

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10 new books by women writers to be reading in 2019

What better way to celebrate International Women's Day (Friday 8 March 2019) than with our top 10 picks of fantastic women writers who all have wonderful books out this year. Enjoy...

Daisy Jones & The Six, Taylor Jenkins Reid (Hutchinson)

This story of a 70s rock siren and her band is so vividly told, through multiple voices in one of the year’s buzziest books, that it’s hard to believe it’s fiction, not fact/

Read the star interview with Taylor Jenkins Reid in the May issue of Writing Magazine

Once Upon a River, Diane Setterfield (Doubleday)

Wonderfully immersive, atmospheric historical novel filled with myth and folklore that begins when a drowned child is brought back to life in a pub on banks of the Thames.

• The Confessions of Frannie Langton, Sara Collins (Viking)

How did a young slave get from a plantation in Jamaica to the centre of a murder trial in 19th century London? Find out in this highly anticipated debut.

 Never Tell, Lisa Gardner (Century)

Is Evie a victim or the killer of her husband and father? The tension ratchets up in the new domestic suspense thriller from the US crime queen.

• Wakenhyrst, Michelle Paver (Head of Zeus)

Ancient evil is disturbed in the Suffolk fens in the renowned ghost story writer’s chilling new gothic novel.

• Queenie, Candice Carty-Williams (Trapeze)

One of the year’s hotly-tipped debut novels takes funny, topical, sad look at a young British Caribbean woman trying to navigate sex and work in a #MeToo world

• Hallie Rubenhold, The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper (Transworld)

In a groundbreaking, deepy researched work, the feminist historian brings to life the hitherto ‘faceless’ women silenced by the 19th century’s most notorious serial killer.

Gingerbread, Helen Oyeyemi (Picador)

The new novel from the endlessly imaginative writer is the story of a mother and daughter who are much more unusual than outward appearance might suggest.

• The Familiars, Stacey Halls (Zaffre)

Pageturning debut novel of women and witchcraft, set during the Pendle witch trials, about the life-changing friendship between a young gentlewoman, Fleetwood, and her midwife, Alice.

New Daughters of Africa, ed Margaret Busby (Myriad Editions)

25 years after Margaret Busby’s groundbreaking anthology Daughters of Africa, more than 200 women writers of Africa descent address contemporary life across a wealth of genres.

And coming later this year…

Three Women, Lisa Taddeo (Bloomsbury)

Lifting the lid on the sex-lives and desires of three ‘ordinary’ American women, this non-fiction debut looks set to be one of the most talked-about books of the year.