Week 33/20 – week ending 14 August

Women writers freed in ‘Reclaim her Name’ collection







The collection, to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Women’s Prize For Fiction, sees 25 novels re-released in e-book format for free, ‘championing female writers throughout the ages who faced sexism and prejudice, previously publishing their work under male pseudonyms.’

The collection of books, which includes a range of titles including Middlemarch by Mary Ann Evans (aka George Eliot) and A Phantom Lover by Violet Paget (aka Vernon Lee), aims to ‘encourage new and important conversations around the continuing challenges women face in literature.’

Each book has been selected by a team commissioned by co-sponsors Baileys, who spent months searching archives, online and university library resources to identify women recorded to have written under male pseudonyms, dating back from the 19th Century.

The 25-book library features newly commissioned cover artwork from female designers. The full collection will be available to download as e-books for free and all works have received a modern cover design update from a female illustrator.

Liz Petry, daughter of Anne Petry, who’s book Marie of the Cabin Club is in the collection, said: “When I was asked if my mother’s work could be included within such a worthy collection of books along with other impressive female writers, I was honoured. I’m incredibly proud of my mother’s work and it excites me that her writing has been introduced to a new audience through this collection. I know she would be thrilled to be a part of this as it’s an incredible conversation starter for such an important cause – my mother always believed in a world with shared humanity and I think this project encapsulates that.”

Women’s Prize for Fiction founder director Kate Mosse, said: “Baileys has been a sponsor of the Women’s Prize for Fiction for many years now and together we have been dedicated to honouring, celebrating and championing women’s writing. Together, we’re incredibly excited by the Reclaim Her Name campaign – it’s a lovely way to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Prize, by doing what we always strive to do – empowering women, igniting conversations and ensuring that they get the recognition they deserve.”

The limited edition ‘Reclaim Her Name’ series of books will be available to download in e-book format for free from https://www.baileys.com/en-gb/reclaim-her-name-campaign

Books in the collection include Middlemarch by Mary Ann Evans (George Eliot); Marie of the Cabin Club by Ann Petry (Arnold Petri); Indiana by Amantine Aurore Dupin (George Sand) and A Phantom Lover by Violet Paget (Vernon Lee).