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Women’s Prize for Fiction 2020 longlist announced

In the UK, the longlist for the 2020 Women’s Prize for Fiction has been announced. Now in its 25th year, the £30,000 (A$58,370) prize is presented annually to the best novel written in English by a woman.

The 16 longlisted novels are:

  • Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line (Deepa Anappara, Chatto & Windus)
  • Fleishman is in Trouble (Taffy Brodesser-Akner, Wildfire)
  • Queenie (Candice Carty-Williams, Trapeze)
  • Dominicana (Angie Cruz, John Murray)
  • Actress (Anne Enright, Jonathan Cape)
  • Girl, Woman, Other (Bernardine Evaristo, Hamish Hamilton)
  • Nightingale Point (Luan Goldie, HQ Fiction)
  • A Thousand Ships (Natalie Haynes, Mantle)
  • How We Disappeared (Jing-Jing Lee, Oneworld)
  • The Most Fun We Ever Had (Claire Lombardo, W&N)
  • The Mirror and the Light (Hilary Mantel, Fourth Estate)
  • Girl (Edna O’ Brien, Faber)
  • Hamnet (Maggie O’ Farrell, Tinder Press)
  • Weather (Jenny Offill, Granta)
  • The Dutch House (Ann Patchett, Bloomsbury)
  • Red at the Bone (Jacqueline Woodson, W&N).

The longlist features six debut novels, as well as previous Booker Prize-winners Bernardine Evaristo, Hilary Mantel and Anne Enright. A shortlist of six will be announced on 22 April and the winner will be announced 3 June.

American writer Tayari Jones won last year’s Women’s Prize for Fiction for her novel An American Marriage (Vintage).

For more information about the prize and this year’s shortlisted titles, see the website.


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