Older female protagonists

Earlier this month I published a post in praise of older male protagonists.

Because March is Women’s History Month, I thought it only fitting that I also publish a post in praise of older FEMALE protagonists.

After all, old ladies DO have a lot of history. LOL

The cover graphic will take you to the Goodreads site for the book .

Starting with the four I’ve already read:

Followed by the ones patiently waiting on my TBR:

Which of these titles have YOU read?

Please share in the comments.



About Fictionophile

Fiction reviewer ; Goodreads librarian. Retired library cataloger - more time to read! Loves books, gardening, and red wine. I have been a reviewer member of NetGalley since October 2013. I review titles offered by Edelweiss, and participate in blog tours with TLC Book Tours.
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35 Responses to Older female protagonists

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  2. I really enjoyed this post. You included a real favorite of mine, The Lido, along with other books that I have read or want to read. In a similar vein, you might want to look at The Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes.
    Keep your posts coming. I always enjoy them.


  3. carhicks says:

    The only one I have read on this list is One in a Million Boy and I really liked it, but it was a bit sad. I have several of the others on my TBR. I keep saying I need to read The Lido, then something else pushes it out of the way. Moving it back up right now.

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  4. I read Calling Me Home, and the protagonist was great!

    My favorite older female protagonist will always be Granny from My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She’s Sorry by Fredrick Backman, though. Even though she’s not really THE main character, and even though she isn’t actually present in most of the book. You learn about her after she’s passed, which makes it all the more tragic because she’s freaking AWESOME.


  5. Sandra says:

    Great list! I’ll add my recommendation to Elizabeth is Missing. I could happily add most of the others to my tbr!

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  6. Kelly says:

    Elizabeth is missing is so sad! You should check out Ragnar Jónasson’s Hidden Iceland series ft. Hulda, a police officer in her sixties. She’s phenomenal!

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  7. Naomi says:

    I love older protagonists. I’ve read Queenie, Calling Me Home, and Elizabeth is Missing – loved them all!
    Another good one is Girl Runner by Carrie Snyder.

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  8. A number of these are on my TBR list but I’ve read only one: The Bird Sisters (and what a gorgeous cover on this edition!) It was enjoyable but not memorable.

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  9. Alexandra says:

    Well, there you go, I haven’t heard of any of these, so guess what I’ll be researching next? 😉

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  10. Harriet Chance and Bird Sisters are the only ones I’ve read. The Lido has been on my TBR since it came out but isn’t easy to find. I’d add No! I Don’t Want To Join a Book Club by Virginia Ironside–the audiobook was wonderful. She’s is straight talking but not crude. Like Diana in Waiting for God! I’d also add Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman.
    Now, off to read the Men’s post. I somehow missed it!

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  11. I loved The Lido, Rosemary was a wonderful character!

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  12. Hi. This essay started me thinking about older female leads on TV. I suppose there aren’t a whole lot. Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin come to mind. They are in a series called Grace And Frankie. Can’t think of any others. I hope there are more examples.

    Bye till next time.


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  13. Jules_Writes says:

    Great list, I’ve read a few of those and I’m sure I will read a few more.

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  14. Naty says:

    Older women as main characters are reallyyyy lacking! I personally love anything Miss Marple still!

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  15. Rosie Amber says:

    I’ve recently read Elizabeth is missing, I thought it was good, but when I gave it to an older relative, she didn’t like it. I wonder if I made a mistake and she thought it was too close to home!
    There’s an older protagonist in Back Behind Enemy Lines by Chris bridge, that I really enjoyed.

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  16. Carol says:

    This is a fun list! I have the Rachel Joyce on my TBR too!
    I could also add Auntie Poldie and the Sicilian Lions, Britt-Marie Was Here, Meet Me at the. Museum, and The One In a Million Boy

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