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Hay Festival Vote 100 Books
24th May 2018update by: Hay Festival

Hay Festival unveils #VOTE100BOOKS selection celebrating literature by women from the past 100 years.

On the opening day of Hay Festival Wales (Thursday 24 May), organisers have announced the results of their #VOTE100BOOKS campaign with The Pool to select and celebrate 100 essential books by women writers from the last 100 years in honour of the votes for women centenary.

Hundreds of readers nominated their favourite titles online over the last three months. The resulting selection merges great books of all genres, fiction and non-fiction, written by women and published in 1918 or later, from Enough Rope by Dorothy Parker (1926) to Mary Beard’s Women & Power (2017). Blending modern classics with lesser-known masterpieces the full list features books by JK Rowling, Virginia Woolf, Vera Brittain, Tove Jansson, Anne Frank, Patricia Highsmith, Françoise Sagan, Sylvia Plath, Maya Angelou, Toni Morrison, Jung Chang, Hilary Mantel, Helen Fielding, Marjane Satrapi, Nigella Lawson, Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche, Naomi Klein, Elena Ferrante, Caitlin Moran, Yaa Gyasi and Leila Slimani, along with Hay Festival 2018 speakers Margaret Atwood, Mary Beard, Elif Shafak, Jacqueline Wilson, Lionel Shriver, Germaine Greer and Laura Bates.

Titles will be discussed and celebrated in a special event hosted by The Pool at Hay Festival on Monday 28 May, while the discussion will continue at Hay Festival events in Mexico, Peru, Spain and Colombia throughout the year.

Sam Baker, co-founder, CEO and editor of The Pool, said: “I am delighted to see 100 books by women – all of them smart or thought-provoking or hilarious or important or all of these things at once – rounded up in one place. I look forward to this list starting conversations, prompting debates and encouraging thousands and thousands of readers to pick up a brilliant book by a brilliant woman.”

Peter Florence, Director of Hay Festival, said: “There are books here that have changed lives, and changed the world. The list is an extraordinary testament to the power of ideas and stories. And a testament to the wisdom of crowds. What a fabulous bedside book-pile of empowering and enlightening treasures. Race you to the library!”


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