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Big Little Lies
Even if you've never read the book or seen the film, the opening is probably familiar to you. It's a stunning book that I left it too long to read.
Beyond Good And Evil
Not only the best book by a Bronte in my humble opinion, but one of the most compelling (and modern) books written in the 19th century by any woman.
My first Trollope and I enjoyed it more than I expected to. A great novel examining some evergreen questions about remuneration and reward.
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The Woman In White
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All the twists and turns of The Woman in White make it riveting read, and it's notable for introducing some highly memorable characters.
Lady Audley's Secret
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Lady Audley's Secret is definitely a sensational sensation novel - it defined a genre and it's still as riveting a read now as it was 160 years ago.
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Basil isn't as refined as Collins' later novels but it is shocking and compelling in its own way.
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Compelling and modern, The Odd Women is probably George Gissing's best novel.
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It's huge, it's bleak, but it's one heck of a book. I think about these characters frequently - Dickens at his most forensic.
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Gissing's depiction of the journalistic world is engaging, if dismal in places.
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Jane Eyre is definitely one of those books every woman should read - and it's better than any film adaptation.
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A piercing tale of a "fallen woman" - Elizabeth Gaskell at her best.
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This might be an odd choice as my favourite of all Wilkie Collins' novels, but I happily read the entire novel just for the final few pages every time.
Aurora Floyd doesn't have as much oomph as Lady Audley's Secret but it's still a rollicking read.
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A book that helped to spawn a genre, East Lynne is as readable today as it was when it was first released, although it isn't as shocking to us as it would've been to its first readers.
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Some of the characters in this Collins novel are more grotesque than usual, but the underlying plot and theme is compelling.
To Kill a Mockingbird deserves its place as one of the best novels of the 20th century. It's deeply memorable and evocative.
I remember reading Silas Marner in my first undergrad year. The plot has stayed with me, and so too has the title character.
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Far From the Madding Crowd is perhaps Hardy's best novel in my opinion, with some evocative scenes and brilliant characters.
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Mrs. Dalloway is one of those novels that's stayed with me for over 15 years and refuses to relinquish its grip. So short, so perfect.
A Study In Scarlet
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Not the easiest book to read but compelling and evocative.
Wilkie Collins was definitely trying to make a political point with this novel, but it's eminently readable for all that.
Felix Holt: The Radical is one of my favourite Eliot novels - possibly because the title character is more engaging than some of Eliot's other protagonists.
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One of Dickens' best? I think so. Every character is memorable in one way or another, and they're as relevant today as they were in the 19th century.
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Anne Bronte doesn't flinch from describing life as a governess in all its painful detail. I wonder about the novels she would've written if she'd lived longer.