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50/50 WOMEN

The Top 50 Women Writers of the last 50 years (1965-2015)

Voted by New Zealand readers nationwide

50/50 Women for 2015 has been revealed...
Margaret Atwood tops the list again!

1. Margaret Atwood The Handmaid's Tale / The Blind Assassin (et al)Carole Beu unveils the 2015 50/50 Women

2. Barbara Kingsolver The Poisonwood Bible

3. Donna Tartt The Secret History

4. Kate Atkinson Life After Life

5. Eleanor Catton The Luminaries

6. Patricia Grace Tu / Chappy (et al)

7. Janet Frame Owls Do Cry

8. Hilary Mantel Wolf Hall

9. J K Rowling Harry Potter & the Philosopher’s Stone

10. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Half of a Yellow Sun

11. Elizabeth Knox The Vintner's Luck

12. Keri Hulme The Bone People

13. Toni Morrison  Beloved

14. Isabel Allende The House of Spirits

15. Ann Patchett Bel Canto

16. Alice Walker The Color Purple

17. Audrey Niffenegger The Time Traveler's Wife

18. Annie Proulx The Shipping News

19. Doris Lessing The Golden Notebook

20. Ursula Le Guin The Left Hand of Darkness

21. Arundhati Roy The God of Small Things

22. Marilynne Robinson Gilead/ Home (et al)

23. A S Byatt Possession

24. Kathryn Stockett The Help

25. Lionel Shriver We Need to Talk About Kevin

26. Maya Angelou I Know Why the Cage Bird Sings

27. Zadie Smith White Teeth

28. Alice Munro Dear Life / Runaway (et al)

29. Geraldine Brooks People of the Book

30. Joyce Carol Oates We Were the Mulvaneys / Blonde (et al)

31. Suzanne Collins The Hunger Games

32. Amy Tan The Joy Luck Club

33. Jeanette Winterson Oranges are not the Only Fruit

34. Rose Tremain Music & Silence

35. Margaret Mahy The Changeover / Memory

36. Fiona Kidman The Book of Secrets

37. Jane Smiley A Thousand Acres

38. Sarah Waters Tipping the Velvet (et al)

39. Pat Barker Regeneration Trilogy

40. Elena Ferrante My Brilliant Friend (et al)

41. Emma Donoghue Room

42. Anne Tyler A Spool of Blue Thread (et al)

43. Carol Shields The Stone Diaries

44. Jane Gardam Old Filth

45. Alice Sebold The Lovely Bones

46. Ruth Ozeki My Year of Meats

47. Kate Grenville The Secret River

48. Louise Erdrich The Round House (et al)

49. Anne Enright The Green Road (et al)

50. Angela Carter Nights at the Circus