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Women Write Now: The Books that Built Us

As we mark International Women's Day, in the last of our articles celebrating the centenary of the first women's right to vote, we asked seven leading women - Reni Eddo-Lodge, Jo Swinson, Ali Smith, Kate Pankhurst, Sophie Walker, Sally Nichols and Mary Beard - to choose a book by a female writer that has shaped and influenced their lives.

Rise Up, Women: Diane Atkinson's Recommended Revolutionary Reading

Diane Atkinson, author of the authoratative history of the women's suffrage movement, Rise Up, Women, recommends her choice of reading about the campaigners who won British women the right to vote.

Still Burning Brightly: Spark at 100

Funny, acerbic, astute and endlessly readable, Muriel Spark's novels are peerless in their ability to hold a mirror up to humanity in all its joy and frailty. As part of 2018's landmark, year-long celebrations of the centenary of Muriel Spark, Alan Taylor - a friend of Spark's and author of an intimate new memoir of her life, Appointment in Arezzo - looks back on the life and work of Scotland's greatest twentieth century novelist.