To mark International Women’s Day this month, we propose books written by women about women. All these books have one more thing in common: either their authors or their protagonists have been undeservedly overlooked by society at large. In this selection, you will meet women who are limited by their gender, age, class or race but retain their humanity in the face of the challenges life throws at them. Choosing only six books has been a somewhat agonising experience since we had to leave out many more titles, authors, and stories that have gone unnoticed. But we did our best and will return to this topic to give credit to those who have been overlooked.

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