What is it that makes books about sisters so captivating? Here at Pan Mac HQ, we’ve been talking about our favourite literary sisters – and the results could not have been more diverse. While some people like inspirational stories about cosy sister relationships, some of us prefer creepy sisters who you can never quite trust...

Here are our votes for the nine best sets of sisters in fiction – and if you don’t spot your favourites on the list, we have a Book Break episode with nine more books about sisters for you to watch next.

The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides

Chosen by Elle Jones, Senior Metadata and Content Manager

"To these sisters, their entire world is each other. The way the story is told makes it impossible to ever really understand the sisters as individuals, keeping them as mysterious and distant as they are to their teenage neighbours who become obsessed with them. As hard as they try, the boys never manage to get close to the sisters, or to save them from their fatal pact."

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Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Chosen by Emma Oulton, Creative Producer

‘Forget Mr Darcy, the best thing about Pride and Prejudice is the five Bennet sisters. Jane and Lizzie might get the most page time, but the story simply wouldn’t be the same without troublemakers Kitty and Lydia, and best of all, the poor underappreciated Mary.’

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Beezus and Ramona by Beverly Cleary

Chosen by Louise Davies, Senior Editor

‘Ramona sprang to mind for me! I loved her love/hate relationship with her big sister Beezus in Beverly Cleary’s book series.’

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The Greengage Summer by Rumer Godden

Chosen by Harriet Saunders, Publisher

There are five siblings in this charming (and surprisingly suspenseful) coming-of-age story, but it’s the eldest two sisters, ‘one beautiful and alluring, the other the bookish onlooker’ that particularly captured our hearts.

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The Cazalet Chronicles by Elizabeth Jane Howard

Chosen by Josie Humber, Assistant Editor

Starting with The Light Years and ending five books later with All Change, the Cazalet Chronicles is ‘a classic series with lots of wonderful sister relationships’.

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Butterfly by Yusra Mardini

Chosen by Jodie Mullish, Communications Director

Non-fiction fans can read about the bravery of Olympic swimmer Yusra Mardini and her sister Sarah who, having boarded one of the boats smuggling migrants from Syria across the Mediterranean, had to help tow it to land when it began to sink. Between them, these ‘unforgettable’ sisters saved numerous lives, and it’s all documented in Yusra Mardini’s memoir Butterfly.

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Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild

Chosen by Josie Humber, Assistant Editor

This nostalgic story of adopted sisters Pauline, Petrova and Posy chasing their dreams of becoming an actress, a pilot, and a dancer has been a staple on many a childhood bookshelf.

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The Seven Sisters series by Lucinda Riley

Chosen by Andy Joannou, Senior Audience Development Manager

The Seven Sisters is the first in a sweeping series of seven books about a set of adopted sisters uncovering the secrets of their past. Based on the legends of the Seven Sisters star constellations, these books have a TV adaptation in the works.

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If these sisters weren't relatable enough for you, we have nine more recommendations in the Book Break episode below.