Looking to add to your reading list for autumn? The longlist for the Women’s Prize for Fiction is a great place to start. The 25th Women’s Prize for Fiction features a wide range of books written by female authors. It celebrates women from all over the world, so you’re bound to find a few stories you’re interested in.
The Women’s Prize for Fiction is a coveted title for all aspiring authors
This year’s longlist sees 16 books up for the coveted prize. And authors across the globe are hoping they’ll be the lucky winner. Booker Prize winner Bernardine Evaristo is among those on the list, with her unique novel Girl, Woman, Other. It follows the lives of 12 characters in the UK over the course of several decades.
So excited to announce that my new novel, GIRL, WOMAN, OTHER, will be published on 5/2/19 by Hamish Hamilton-@PenguinRHUK. 'A love song to modern Britain and black womanhood'. 5 years, 5 drafts, 8th book! #girlwomanother @KarolinaSutton @HamishH1931 pic.twitter.com/VxownOFYpr
— Bernardine Evaristo (@BernardineEvari) October 4, 2018
Each character is from a different area and has very different goals and desires. Because of this, the reader will get to meet all sorts of women throughout the novel.
Another hopeful is Deepa Anappara, with her coming of age story Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line. This sees nine-year-old Jai using the crime-solving skills he learned from his favourite TV show to find a missing schoolboy.
It’s up against another coming-of-age work of fiction Dominicana by Angie Cruz, which follows 15-year-old Ana who moves to America from the Dominican countryside.
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Divorce satire Fleishman is in Trouble by Taffy Brodesser-Akner and psychological thriller Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams are also up for the award, with novels that aren’t afraid to tackle real life issues such as relationships, mental health, and race.
Historical fiction Actress by Anne Enright focuses on fame, sexual power and hidden truths. Luan Goldie’s debut, on the other hand, is a heart-breaking story about working class families facing a tragedy.
Natalie Haynes’ A Thousand Ships is a historical retelling of the Trojan War from a female perspective. How We Disappeared by Jing-Jing Lee is a story of survival and endurance in Japanese occupied Singapore.
The longlist ranges from books on history and sexual power to stories on survival and displacement
Jing-jing Lee holding a copy of her book, How We Disappeared.
Historical novel The Mirror and the Light by Hilary Mantel charts the rise of Thomas Cromwell, and Maggie O’Farrell’s Hamnet is about the death of Sheakespeare’s 11-year-old son.
Finally, Jacqueline Woodson’s Red at the Bone explores the impact of community, and how an unexpected teenage pregnancy pulls two families together.
This year’s Women’s Prize for Fiction Judges are an eclectic group of mindful, intellectual thinkers
Martha Lane Fox (centre) is among the judges that were selected for the panel.
Judge chair and businesswoman Martha Lane Fox said of the longlist, “Ahead of the longlist meeting I was anxious that the negotiations between judges might be as arduous as politics, but it was an absolute delight to pick our final 16 books.
“Entries for the Prize’s 25th year have been spectacular and we revelled in the variety, depth, humanity and joy of the writing – we hope everyone else will too.”
Which one will you be reading first?
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