20 life-changing novels by women

Announced by Baileys

A couple of months ago, #ELLEBookClub partner Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction launched their #ThisBook campaign on Twitter - all as a means to discover the top novels written by women that have shaped our lives.

Votes were submitted across the world (and of course from ELLE HQ), and now the time has come to announce the winner.

Drum roll please...

To Kill A Mockingbird has deservedly scooped first place. Published in 1960, Harper Lee's American classic courageously addressed themes such class, racial prejudice and gender and continues to be a iconic piece of literature.

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And the runners up?

Margaret Atwood's scientific dystopian novel, The Handmaid’s Tale and Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre took second and third place respectively.

See the full list below:

1. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

2. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

3. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

4. Harry Potter by J.K Rowling

5. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

6. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

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7. Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier

8. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

9. The Secret History by Donna Tartt

10. I Capture The Castle by Dodie Smith

11. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

12. Beloved by Toni Morrison

13. Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell

14. We Need To Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver

15. The Time Traveller’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

16. Middlemarch by George Eliot

17. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

18. The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing

19. The Colour Purple by Alice Walker

20. The Women’s Room by Marilyn French

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