Women's prize for fiction

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One in five shortlisted authors for top UK literary prizes in 2020 were black
Racial diversity has gradually increased, after no black authors were shortlisted in four of the years between 1996 and 2009

Aamna Mohdin, Tobi Thomas, Georgina Quach and Zala Šeško

01, Oct, 2021 @12:52 PM

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Susanna Clarke: ‘I’d really ceased to think of myself as a writer’
The author on how the celebration of solitude in her Women’s prize-winning new novel, Piranesi, grew from her experience of a long illness

Lisa Allardice

11, Sep, 2021 @7:30 AM

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Susanna Clarke’s Piranesi is a triumphantly unusual Women’s prize winner
Taking on uncanny relevance this year, this austere story of one man’s isolation explores profound questions of freedom

Justine Jordan

08, Sep, 2021 @6:23 PM

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Susanna Clarke’s Piranesi favourite to win Women’s prize for fiction
Bookmaker Coral makes Clarke’s second novel 5/2 favourite to take £30,000 award, followed by Brit Bennett’s The Vanishing Half

Alison Flood

03, Sep, 2021 @10:25 AM

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The new award from the Women’s prize should scrap its age limit
Literary prize culture favours young and marketable writers – and the new Futures scheme is simply adding to the problem

Joanna Walsh

20, Aug, 2021 @5:00 PM

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How the One-Armed Sister Sweeps Her House by Cherie Jones review – barbarity in Barbados
A woman’s struggle against domestic violence is at the centre of a grim debut novel, which mixes in murder, rape and incest for good measure

Hephzibah Anderson

23, May, 2021 @2:00 PM

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Cherie Jones: ‘I found my tribe on the pages of John Wyndham’s Chrysalids’
The Women’s prize nominee on the brilliance of Earl Lovelace, the influence of Toni Morrison, and laughing out loud at Nora Ephron’s chutzpah

Cherie Jones

07, May, 2021 @9:00 AM

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Women’s prize for fiction shortlist entirely first-time nominees
Susanna Clarke, Yaa Gyasi and Patricia Lockwood among the six authors up for the £30,000 award

Alison Flood

28, Apr, 2021 @5:30 PM

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Women’s prize condemns online attack on trans nominee Torrey Peters
Open letter had claimed that the longlisting of the Detransition, Baby author signalled that female writers were unworthy of their own prize

Sian Cain

07, Apr, 2021 @4:51 PM

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Maggie O'Farrell: ‘Severe illness refigures you – it’s like passing through a fire’
The Women’s prize winner reflects on the life‑threatening virus that shaped her writing, the superstitions that held her back, and why her prize-winning novel Hamnet speaks to our times

Lisa Allardice

27, Mar, 2021 @9:00 AM

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First trans woman makes Women's prize longlist, alongside Dawn French and Ali Smith
Torrey Peters among 16 finalists, with chair of judges Bernardine Evaristo lamenting lack of older writers

Alison Flood

10, Mar, 2021 @6:00 PM

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I used to think fiction was indulgent. Judging the Women's prize reminded me it is essential | Nesrine Malik
I thought I would read more novels once the news slowed – I didn’t expect the emotional impact of reading so much fiction in lockdown, writes Nesrine Malik

Nesrine Malik

10, Mar, 2021 @6:00 PM

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