5 books by women to buy with the new £10 note

It’s official! The new Jane Austen £10 note is now in circulation. We’re over the moon to see a woman (and a woman writer, no less) on UK currency again. To celebrate, we asked our Twitter and Instagram followers what they’d be spending their first Jane Austen tenner on; and here are the top 5 most voted for. Extra points if you can spot the two Women’s Prize winners amongst the line up!

I am, I am, I am by Maggie O’Farrell

The latest from bestselling author Maggie O’Farrell got the most votes from our followers. An unputdownable memoir, which charts Maggie’s life story in seventeen near-death experiences; whilst meditating on what it is to be human and a mother.

Winter by Ali Smith

The much-anticipated second novel in 2015 Women’s Prize winner Ali Smith’s seasonal quartet, Winter, is out in October. The book claims to cast a ‘merry eye over the bleak post-truth era’; we’ll definitely be rushing out to get Ali’s perspective on today’s often bizarre political landscape.

Swimming Lessons
by Claire Fuller

Following her Desmond Elliott Prize-winning debut, Our Endless Numbered Days, Claire Fuller’s second novel is a powerful look at a dysfunctional marriage filled with betrayal, regret and painful human failure.


First Love by Gwendoline Riley

Shortlisted for this year’s Women’s Prize for Fiction, Gwendoline Riley’s first love is an unflinching examination of a complex, often spiteful relationship from the perspective of a young woman and the decisions which brought her there.

Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

The extraordinary debut novel from the brilliant Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is about a family whose sheltered the blurred lines between the old gods and the new, childhood and adulthood, love and hatred – the grey spaces in which truths are revealed and real life is lived.

What book will you be buying with your first Jane Austen £10 note? Join in the conversation @WomensPrize on Twitter.

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