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From feminist novels to explorations of love: the most enthralling new reads for March

Inspirational women abound in March, which is only appropriate for the month in which International Women's Day takes place.

To inspire you, there's Catherine Mayer's look at the need for gender equality in Attack of the 50ft Women (the book has one of my favourite jackets of 2017 so far) and Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls, an illustrated history of 100 brilliant women. And 100 inspirational women talk about the poems that make them cry in, well, Poems That Make Grown Women Cry.

What it means to be a woman in love is explored in Ayobami Adebayo's Stay With Me and Dorit Rabinyan's All the Rivers. The latter was banned in schools in Rabinyan's native Israel for the depiction of its central relationship.

Rachel Rhys' A Dangerous Crossing, Helen Dunmore’s Birdcage Walk and Polly Clark's Larchfield are three very different books which both see women placed in unexpected and sometimes dangerous situations.

And of course, we can't forget the men. George Saunders' astonishing debut novel (he's previously published short stories) Lincoln in the Bardo is like no novel you've ever read, and the brilliant Mohsin Hamid, who never fails to deliver, explores love and what it means to be a refugee in Exit West.

Happy reading.

 

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