To celebrate International Women's Day, we've put together a list of our favourite fictional heroines! All courageous, strong-willed and significant in their own way, these kick-ass characters inspire us whenever we read them.
Created by a mix of talented authors from a handful of our favourite novels, here are our top 5 feisty females from fiction...
I F E M E L U
From Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Ifemelu is the self-assured protagonist in Americanah, an epic tale of love and identity, which follows her life as a Nigerian immigrant living in the USA. Threaded by her love story with high school classmate Obinza, Ifemelu learns to adjust to her new surroundings, achieving academic success by writing about the racism she has experienced.
F R E Y A
From Freya by Anthony Quinn
A deeply likeable heroine, Freya is wilful and outspoken in Anthony Quinn's latest novel, which flits from war-haunted Oxford to the bright new shallows of the Swinging Sixties. Follow Freya for two decades through her up-and-down friendship with Nancy Holdaway, her shattering affair with Robert Cosway and her experiences navigating the chauvinism of post-war Britain.
L I E S E L M E M I N G E R
From The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Set during World War II, Liesel is a feisty nine-year-old girl who is small but determined, and as the title would suggest, steals books. An international bestseller and modern classic, The Book Thief is her story about an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist fighter, and quite a lot of thievery.
C O N S T A N C E K O P P
From Girl Waits With Gun by Amy Stewart
Based on an actual real-life heroine, Constance Kopp is an uncompromising woman with zero interest in marriage or domestic affairs, devoted only to her sisters – practical Norma and spirited Fleurette. They live quietly in the shadow of a dark secret, until a powerful merchant runs down their buggy. Constance demands recompense – but things turn ugly and she turns avenger.
S K E E T A
From The Help by Kathryn Stockett
Brought to life by Emma Stone in the film adaptation, Eugenia "Skeeter" Phelan is an ambitious, privileged, college student in search of the truth, who writes a book about black maids working for white families during the 1960's in Jackson, Mississippi. With the help of two maids, Aibileen and minny, Skeeter breaks the rules and courageously crosses boundaries.
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