Louisa May Alcott

Little Women
  • Little Women

  • Including an introduction from writer and feminist activist Scarlett Curtis, curator of Sunday Times Bestseller Feminists Don't Wear Pink.

    Meet the March Sisters:
    · Meg is the eldest and on the brink of love.
    · Then there's tomboy Jo who longs to be a writer.
    · Sweet-natured Beth always puts others first
    · Finally there's Amy, the youngest and most precocious.

    Even though money is short, times are tough and their father is away at war, their infectious sense of fun sweeps everyone up in their adventures - including Laurie, the boy next door.

    And through sisterly squabbles and tragic losses, the sisters discover that growing up is sometimes very hard to do.

    The Sisterhood collection celebrates the best-loved classics, written by some of the best female authors in history for International Women's Day. Read the rest of the collection:

    The Railway Children
    Heidi
    Pride and Prejudice
    A Little Princess
    Anne of the Green Gables

Louisa May Alcott was born on 29 November 1832 in Pennsylvania, and she grew up with plenty of books to read but seldom enough to eat. Louisa went to work when she was very young as a paid companion and teacher, but she loved writing most of all, and like Jo March she started selling sensational stories in order to help provide financial support for her family. She worked as a nurse during the American Civil War but the experience made her extremely ill. Little Women was published in 1868 and was based on her life growing up with her three sisters. She followed it with three sequels, Good Wives (1869), Little Men (1871) and Jo's Boys (1886) and she also wrote other books for both children and adults. Louisa was also a campaigner for women's rights and the abolition of the slave trade. She died on 6 March 1888.