As we all know, there is a nebulous list of books considered ‘classics’, called ‘the canon’. These are books that are taught at schools and universities, bought from bookshops again and again, and are considered 'universal', yet are overwhelmingly written by white/cis/hetero/male authors.
We are about to move into a new decade, and we would like to look forward to the coming challenges and triumphs with the wisdom of texts that have come before. However, we feel that the existing ‘cannon’ often does not represent the breadth, quality, and lives lived of great writers and great readers.
Pages Cheshire Street would like to bring together an Alternative Canon. We say ‘an’, rather than ‘the’, because there can be no true and unchanging list of the most important books in English.
We want this list to represent what is important and beloved to our community, so we would like to ask you to tell us which books you believe should be included. Any genre/age group is welcome, as long as the author is a woman, trans person, or gender diverse person.
The full list will be published in December, and will be kept in stock at Pages Cheshire Street until the end of time.