With feminism being a topic frequently discussed, one subject which hasn’t been brought up nearly enough is the issue of being a female author. Women writers are often overlooked, leaving some authors to rely on using male pseudonyms, including J.K. Rowling herself. Here are five incredible novels written by female authors who prove you don’t need to use a male pen name to publish great fiction.
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
The debut novel of Erin Morgenstern, The Night Circus is a phantasmagorical fairy tale set in the nineteenth century. The story follows two young magicians who use real magic disguised as trickery to battle until there’s a winner. The competition takes place in Le Cirque des Reves, a circus which opens at midnight and closes at dawn. Morgenstern sold the film rights to Summit Entertainment shortly after its publication, so this novel is definitely one to watch.
The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
The Bone Season was published two years ago by British author Samantha Shannon, with a sequel released in January 2015. Having been compared to both Harry Potter and The Hunger Games, this dystopian novel truly demonstrates the power of female writers. Set in the year 2059, this novel follows nineteen year old clairvoyant Paige Mahoney, who is kidnapped and kept in hiding for two hundred years.The Bone Season captures a unique take on futuristic fiction and is well worth a read for any sci-fi or fantasy fans.
Naughts & Crosses by Malorie Blackman
An alternative version of one of history’s most horrific chain of events, Malorie Blackman writes about a world where African civilians gain a technological and organisational advantage over Europeans. With elements of Romeo and Juliet, Naughts & Crosses is not your typical love story. Having won numerous awards since its publication, the series doesn’t just stop here. Blackman has gone on to write a further four novels, each one as exceptional as the first.
Alice I Have Been by Melanie Benjamin
This novel is a spellbinding sequel to Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, and tells the story of eighty year old Alice Liddell Hargreaves as she looks back over her life following her adventures in Wonderland. An incredible novel of romance and tragedy, Benjamin allows us to delve deeper into the story we know as Alice in Wonderland and to look past the many recreations of this wonderful story.
Never Mind the Botox by Penny Alvis and Joanna Berry
Never Mind the Botox is perhaps the most modern and relevant novel in this list. Alvis and Berry have written a brilliant series about four professional women working on the sale of high profile cosmetic surgery business the Beau Street Group. This glamorous novel highlights the challenges of working in the cosmetic industry, and is one many women can relate to.