The best books featuring women you want as BFF’s

Who am I?

Ever since I was a young girl, I have fallen deeply into the pages of novels that feature strong female characters, with Anne of Green Gables and Little Women capturing my imagination early. As an Australian, I’ve also always enjoyed books set here but anywhere where I can walk in a relatable character's shoes is fine by me. The magical experience of being immersed in ‘her’ world, feeling what she feels, relating to her, being frustrated with her, celebrating with her, loving with her…what are books if not gifting us such experiences? Every book I have penned has been based on this ideal, an intimate experience, a close relationship. A BFF.


I wrote...

Sisters of Freedom

By Mary-Anne O'Connor,

Book cover of Sisters of Freedom

What is my book about?

Sydney, Christmas, 1901. Federation has been achieved but Australian women are yet to gain the right to vote. Bolshy, boisterous Frankie Merriweather is a fervent advocate for women's rights, determined to dedicate herself to the cause and never marry. She can't understand her artistic sister Ivy wanting a life of ease and beauty with law student Patrick Earle. Meanwhile, their married sister Aggie volunteers in an orphanage, longing to hold a baby in her arms.

When an accident takes Ivy, wounded and ill, into the violent and lawless zone of the Hawkesbury River, a year of change begins. Ivy's burgeoning friendship with her saviour Riley Logan, a smuggler, and his sister, the poverty-stricken but valiant Fiona, will alter the lives of all three women forever.

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The Three Miss Allens

By Victoria Purman,

Book cover of The Three Miss Allens

Why this book?

The Three Miss Allens is a book I immediately immersed myself in and didn’t finish into the early hours of the morning. ‘Unputdownable’ is certainly true in this case. The story follows the lives of the three Allen sisters in 1934, Ruby, Clara, and Adeline, then jumps forward in time eighty-two years to the lives of three different women, including Roma, Ruby’s great-granddaughter. Both time periods are set in the sleepy, seaside town of Remarkable Bay. Mystery and intrigue are central to the plot, however it’s the underlying sense of je vu that really intrigued me. A thoroughly enjoyable and fascinating read with strong women I could really relate to.

The Three Miss Allens

By Victoria Purman,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked The Three Miss Allens as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.


Daughter of the Murray

By Darry Fraser,

Book cover of Daughter of the Murray

Why this book?

This book is the perfect read for a rainy day and I quickly fell in love with the main female protagonist, Georgina. Spirited, brave, and a bit foolhardy, she fulfills all the hopes you might have for a heroine in a historical romance, yet she will surprise you too. The river settings in Australia’s southeastern river belt in the 1890s are pure escapism and leave plenty of scope for adventure. Highly recommended.

Daughter of the Murray

By Darry Fraser,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Daughter of the Murray as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.


Bridget Jones's Diary

By Helen Fielding,

Book cover of Bridget Jones's Diary

Why this book?

I’m not sure I’ve ever read a novel where I could relate to the female character more, and yes, it is far better than the movie—as much as I enjoyed that too. The writing style is loose and gallops along for a ‘diary’, creating a close relationship between Bridget and the reader, which I think is the secret behind its powerful relatability. Bridget really does feel like your own BFF as she navigates her family, her career, and her love life with both tragic and hilarious consequences.

Bridget Jones's Diary

By Helen Fielding,

Why should I read it?

6 authors picked Bridget Jones's Diary as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

The multi-million copy number one Bestseller

A dazzlingly urban satire on modern relationships?
An ironic, tragic insight into the demise of the nuclear family?
Or the confused ramblings of a pissed thirty-something?

As Bridget documents her struggles through the social minefield of her thirties and tries to weigh up the eternal question (Daniel Cleaver or Mark Darcy?), she turns for support to four indispensable friends: Shazzer, Jude, Tom and a bottle of chardonnay.

Welcome to Bridget's first diary: mercilessly funny, endlessly touching and utterly addictive.

Helen Fielding's first Bridget Jones novel, Bridget Jones's Diary, sparked a phenomenon that has seen…


The Art of Keeping Secrets

By Rachael Johns,

Book cover of The Art of Keeping Secrets

Why this book?

Rachael Johns has a very chatty, familiar way of writing that has you soon forgetting that you are sitting at home, reading a book. The Art of Keeping Secrets is transportive, funny, and intimate and I particularly loved the lead character, Felicity, although I was equally invested in the lives of her BFFs Emma and Neve. ‘Secrets’ is indeed the key theme of this novel and, as they slowly unravel, you’ll find yourself hooked as to the outcome. Love the romantic twists and you’ll be turning the pages fast at the end! (No spoilers!)

The Art of Keeping Secrets

By Rachael Johns,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked The Art of Keeping Secrets as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.


Gravity Is the Thing

By Jaclyn Moriarty,

Book cover of Gravity Is the Thing

Why this book?

Yes, she is one of ‘the’ Moriartys, and this surprise shift away from her usual young adult fiction works is more than worthy of her famous surname. This book is sublime, whimsical, dreamy, chatty, fun, sad, joyous, and all with a sense of surreality that you strangely and completely enjoy. I found myself swept away as the lead character, Abigail, seeks to find answers to the tragedy that has haunted her since she was young and oh, how I walked that path with her. The strange retreat she is on will keep you guessing and the sweetness of her story will stay with you long after the final page.

Gravity Is the Thing

By Jaclyn Moriarty,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Gravity Is the Thing as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

'Clever and magical' - Women's Weekly

'Author Jaclyn is the sister of Liane Moriarty (Big Little Lies) and has the same talent for great plots. This unusual novel tugs at the heartstrings.' - Good Housekeeping

Twenty years ago, Abigail Sorenson's brother Robert went missing one day before her sixteenth birthday, never to be seen again. That same year, she began receiving scattered chapters in the mail from a mysterious guidebook, whose anonymous authors promised to make her life soar to heights beyond her wildest dreams.

These missives have remained a constant in Abi's life - a befuddling yet oddly comforting…


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