Celebrity women pick favourite books to push awards

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Celebrities including Susanna Reid and Jennifer Saunders are taking part in a project to highlight the books written by women that have 
had the biggest impact on their lives.

The social media campaign #ThisBook has seen popular classics such as To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee chosen by Liberty director Shami Chakrabarti and modern favourites like Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn selected by paralympic champion, Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson.

The well known faces, who also include Game Of Thrones star Gwendoline Christi, radio DJ Edith Bowman and classicist Mary Beard, have posed for a series of photographs.

The initiative is part of the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction, the UK’s only annual book award for fiction written by a woman in English, which is now in its 19th year.

Co-founder and chairwoman Kate Mosse said: “It’s been inspiring, often moving, to hear how certain books have had so deep and lasting an impact.

“As a writer myself, it’s brilliant to be reminded how passionately readers feel about books they love. The Women’s Prize was founded in 1996 both to celebrate exceptional writing by women and also to promote outstanding books by women to as wide a range of male and female readers as possible, whatever age, wherever they live.”