This month we celebrate brilliant women in literature in honour of International Women’s Day 2017 and Women of the World Festival.

Check out these brilliant female authors whose classic novels are still incredibly popular today.

Elizabeth Gaskell

Elizabeth Gaskell’s novels stood out at the time she was writing for being detailed portraits of the lives of poor people, where most literature focused on the upper classes.

We recommend: North and South

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Charlotte Brontë

The eldest Brontë sister, Charlotte originally used the pen name Currer Bell to disguise that she was a woman. Brontë’s work is full of passion and a deep sense of humanity.

We recommend: Villette

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George Eliot

Don’t be fooled by the name: George Eliot was born Mary Anne Evans, but used a male pen name to get published. Eliot’s novels are unique for how they depict life in rural England.

We recommend: Middlemarch

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Jane Austen

Jane Austen is known for six major novels, such as Pride and Prejudice, and Emma. Austen’s novels always have fascinating female characters and tackle important subjects like love, family and society.

We recommend: Mansfield Park

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Mary Shelley

Known the world over for her spine-tingling gothic novel, Frankenstein, Shelley has earned her place in history as one of the most skilled novelists in classical literature.

**We recommend: Frankenstein

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