The United Kingdom's 
50 Best-Loved Novels 
Written by a Woman

To support the Orange Prize for Fiction 2003, Orange has announced the results of a poll determining the UK's 50 best loved novels written by a woman, past or present, in English and published in the UK. The results were compiled by public vote. Over 6,000 votes were collated via text message, voting cards in public libraries and Orange Retail Shops, the Orange Prize for Fiction website and a promotion with Classic FM.



1 Jane Austen Pride and Prejudice
2 Charlotte Bronte Jane Eyre
3 Emily Bronte Jane Eyre
4 George Eliot Middlemarch
5 Daphne Du Maaurier Rebecca
6 Jane Austen Persuasion
7 Jane Austen Persuasion
8 Mary Shelley Frankenstein
9 Carol Shields Unless
10 Harper lee To Kill a Mockingbird
11 Matgaret Atwood The Handmaid's Tale
12 Zadie Smith White Teeth
13 J.K. Rowling Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
14 Margaret Mitchell Gone With the Wind
15 Virginia Woolf To the Lighthouse
16 J.K. Rowling Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
17 Barbara Kingsolver The Poisonwood Bible
18 George Eliot Silas Marner
18 A.S. Byatt Possession
20 George Eliot The Mill on the Floss
20 Arundhati Roy The God of Small Things
22 Virginia Woolf Mrs. Dalloway
23 Helen Fielding Bridget Jones' Diary
23 Jane Austen Sense and Sensibility
25 Margaret Atwood The Blind Assassin
26 Joanne Harris Chocolat
27 E. Annie Proulx The Shipping News
28 Louisa May Alcott Little Women
29 Iris Murdoch The Sea, The Sea
30 Lisa Williams Family Bites
31 J.K. Rowling Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
31 Rosamund Pulcher The Shell Seekers
33 Virginia Woolf Orlando
33 Colleen McCullough The Thornbirds
33 Dodie Smith I Capture the Castle
36 Tracy Chevalier The Girl with the Pearl Earring
36 Jean Rhys Wide Sargasso Sea
36 Jeanette Winterson Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit
36 Sarah Waters Fingersmith
40 Jean Auel Clan of the Cave Bear
40 Sylvia Plath The Bell Jar
42 Donna Tartt The Secret History
43 Joanne Harris Five Quarters of the Orange
43 Toni Morrison Beloved
43 J.K. Rowling Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
46 Ann Patchett Bel Canto
47 Iris Murdoch The Bell
48 Pat Barker Regeneration
49 Kery Hulme The Bone People
49 Alice Walker The Color Purple