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Harry Potter in top 100 books list by female authors

By Andrew Arthur

JK Rowling's third Harry Potter novel and Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl have been named among the 100 essential books by female writers from the past 100 years, according to a new poll.

Rowling and Flynn appear alongside the likes of Harper Lee, Virginia Woolf, Agatha Christie and Sylvia Plath on the list, unveiled by the Hay Festival.

The annual literary and arts event is this year celebrating literature penned by women since 1918 to mark the centenary of women gaining the right to vote.

Rowling's Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban succeeded over all the other books in the wizarding series thanks to votes cast by hundreds of voters over the last three months.

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