Women's History Month at Derbyshire Libraries

Throughout March we'll be sharing our favourite stories written by women writers, as well as some fantastic non-fiction titles that help celebrate some of the most influential women in our history.

We're also paying tribute to the influence that so many female colleagues have had on our library service throughout the years. Angela from Chesterfield Library (pictured) has worked for us since 1978, and says that her three favourite books are:

  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee - 'The story of childhood in a Southern town lives with you for ever. I couldn’t imagine a world where the good guy lost but he did. It opened my eyes to the bad stuff and it’s haunted me ever since. Its message though is do the right thing, bravely, at all costs and that’s a lesson to learn.'
  • The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe by CS Lewis - 'As a child, I often dreamt of entering wardrobes to visit magical faraway places so it influenced me a great deal. There were kids out there doing that sort of thing even if it was in books.  As an adult, I still do. 
  • South Riding by Winifred Holtby - 'Winifred Holtby’s greatest novel made a huge impression on me when I first read it.  It’s views on Yorkshire life in the 1930s were local politics intertwine amongst the lives of unforgettable and vivid characters exploring the themes of poverty, social mobility and the value of education.'

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