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Celebrating some of literature’s most beautiful female friendships.

Valentines = Schmalentines Day. Mother-daughter bonds, sisterhoods, bffs: these kinds of relationships are far more interesting. Here are some books featuring women doing it for themselves, and for each other.

  • Gaskell's best known work is set in a small rural town, inhabited largely by women. This is a community that runs on cooperation and gossip, at the very heart of which are the daughters of the former rector.

  • ‘Women in Love is a work of genius. It contains characters which are masterpieces of pure creation’ New Statesman

  • Meg, Jo, Amy and Beth - four 'little women' enduring hardships and enjoying adventures in Civil War New England. The charming story of the March sisters, Little Women has been adored by generations.

  • The bestselling, prize-winning, generation-defining Zadie Smith's new unmissable novel out in paperback.

  • Heart of the Grass Tree is an exquisite, searing and hope-filled debut about mothers and daughters and family stories, about country and its living history.

  • A powerful, haunting novel about an unlikely friendship by Hungary's most important twentieth-century writer.

  • A stunning reissue of Amy Tan's bestselling classic novel of mothers and daughters.

  • Stella and Margie is a piercingly insightful novel about love and duty, acceptance and reconciliation, and of a touching friendship that crosses the generations.

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