Francesca Brown

Francesca Brown is books editor for Stylist magazine and Stylist Loves; she also compiles the Style List on a weekly basis. She is a self-confessed HBO abuser and has a wide selection of grey sweatshirts. Honestly, you just can’t have enough. @franabouttown

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Portrait of Jane Austen
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Why Jane Austen is as relevant and beloved as ever

2020 will see feminist novels, a film, a TV series and a play all inspired by her work.

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The best books to read in the new year.
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10 books everyone will be reading in January 2020

Memoirs, essays and thrillers to shake up your reading.

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Inspirational quotes from literature
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30 of literature’s most inspirational quotes about strength

In need of some support and inspiration? Maya Angelou, Michelle Obama, Harper Lee and more have encouraging words for you.

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The best memoirs and biographies to curl up with this Christmas break

Marilyn Monroe, Michelle Obama and more – these are the lives of women you need to read now.

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The 29 books everyone will be raving about in 2020

Hilary Mantel, Eimear McBride, Layla Saad – here are the new books to pre-order now.

Best historical fiction by women.
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Incredible reads based on true-life tales

Unmissable historical books from Hilary Mantel to Yaa Gyasi.

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Why are great women writers still adopting male pseudonyms?

How much has really changed since George Eliot’s time?

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The Style List

The Style List: 29 perfect rom-coms, as picked by Roxane Gay

Hours of joyous escapism await

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November books
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The 11 best fiction and feminist reads for November

From Elizabeth Strout to Emma Forrest, these 11 incredible books will excite your mind and heart this winter.

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10 books by Margaret Atwood you need to read.
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From The Handmaid's Tale to The Blind Assassin, discover Margaret Atwood’s unmissable books

Feminist, unflinching, funny and addictive – these are the Margaret Atwood books everyone should own.

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The best horror books by women to get you ready for Halloween

If you’re looking for the undead or some scary supernatural happenings, look no further.

Oxford Old Parsonage Hotel
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Book lovers – enjoy a cosy literary escape at this Oxford hideaway

The Old Parsonage Hotel is the perfect place to curl up with a good read.

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Clinton Style list
The Style List

The Style List: 29 empowering stories about and by brilliant women

Add these to your pile right now.

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10 female writers who reinvented our bookshelves

From grip-lit and feminist manifestos to dystopia and Insta-poetry...

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Best books of October 2019
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Autumn reads, breakout poetry and non-fiction books everyone will be talking about

October’s books are an unmissable mix of thrillers, true-life tales and iconic women writers.

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September's best new books
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From poetry to feminism via memoir, thrillers and great reads, September’s books are incredible

Some of 2019’s biggest book releases are about to arrive on your reading list.

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The best true-life books: from serial killers to con artists

True crime's unmissable classics plus brand new reads for 2019.

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The 10 new books you need for your August summer holiday

Charge up your holiday reading with August's best new fiction and non-fiction releases.

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The best non-fiction, addictive thrillers and moving stories: July books are here

Say hello to the 10 incredibly good books that will blow you away this summer...

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