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7 books to read to celebrate International Women's Day

If you want to get stuck into a good book tonight in honour of Interntational Women’s Day but aren’t sure where to start, we’ve curated a list of reading recommendations, perfect for all types of bookworms. From a laugh-out-loud memoir, to a sparkling debut from one of Australia’s finest female authors, to an unputdownable thriller set on the stylish streets of Paris, here are nine of our favourite female-authors books to curl up with tonight, and every night.

The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart

The most enchanting debut novel of 2018, The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart is an irresistible, deeply moving and romantic story of a young girl, daughter of an abusive father, who has to learn the hard way that she can break the patterns of the past, live on her own terms and find her own strength. 

The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart is a story about stories: those we inherit, those we select to define us, and those we decide to hide. It is a novel about the secrets we keep and how they haunt us, and the stories we tell ourselves in order to survive. Spanning twenty years, set between the lush sugar cane fields by the sea, a native Australian flower farm, and a celestial crater in the central desert, Alice must go on a journey to discover that the most powerful story she will ever possess is her own.

I Want to be Where the Normal People Are

In a collection of laugh-out-loud funny essays, all told in the unique voice (sometimes singing voice) that made her a star; Rachel writes about everything from her love of Disney, OCD and depression, weirdness, and female friendships to the story of how she didn't poop in the toilet until she was four years old; Rachel's pieces are hilarious, smart, and infinitely relatable (except for the pooping thing).

The Paris Affair

A pacy and plot-driven psychological thriller set against an evocative and atmospheric Parisian backdrop, The Paris Affair is Pip Drysdale’s eagerly awaited third book, that will no doubt delight the author’s legion of loyal fans. A tale that follows journalist Harper Brown as she takes on a position as Arts and Culture journalist with online magazine The Paris Observer - but ends up with far more than she bargained for - The Paris Affair is a gripping read that is both fast-paced and rich with twists and turns, and will leave readers guessing until the final page has been turned.

The Funny Thing About Norman Foreman

A poignant and touching tale from Australian author Julietta Henderson, The Funny Thing About Norman Foreman is a heart-warming tale about a boy called Norman who lost his best friend Jax just before their twelfth birthdays. Told from the point of view of both Norman and his single mother Sadie as they navigate their grief following the death of Jax, it’s a book about sadness, loss, hope and humanity. A moving, memorable and uplifting book, The Funny Thing About Norman Foreman is a charming read that will stay with readers long after the final page has been turned.

Daisy Jones & the Six 

A gripping novel about the whirlwind rise of an iconic 1970s rock group and their beautiful lead singer, revealing the mystery behind the band's infamous break up. Incredible, intoxicating and entirely unforgettable, it's a powerful and dynamic read about female empowerment, addiction, and so much more.

The Book of Longing

Grounded in meticulous historical research and written with a reverential approach to Jesus’s life that focuses on his humanity, The Book of Longings is an inspiring account of one woman’s bold struggle to realize the passion and potential inside her, while living in a time, place, and culture devised to silence her.

Such a Fun Age

In the midst of a family crisis one late evening, white blogger Alix Chamberlain calls her African American babysitter, Emira, asking her to take toddler Briar to the local market for distraction. There, the security guard accuses Emira of kidnapping Briar, and Alix's efforts to right the situation turn out to be good intentions selfishly mismanaged.