These year’s Women’s Prize for Fiction longlist is made up of 16 brilliant novels which honour “both new and well-established writers and a range of genres.” The list was chosen by Chair of Judges, Martha Lane Fox, alongside the judging panel: writer and activist Scarlett Curtis; writer and activist, Melanie Eusebe; co-founder of the Black British Business Awards, author and comedian, Viv Groskop; and Paula Hawkins, international bestselling author best known for The Girl on the Train.
Martha Lane Fox, said: “Ahead of the longlist meeting I was anxious that the negotiations between judges might be as arduous as Brexit, 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.”
This year’s longlist was released at midnight so if you couldn’t stay awake long enough to find out the books that made it to the list then here they are…
These 16 books will now be whittled down to six which will make up the shortlist announced on April 22nd, and the final overall winner of the 25th Women’s Prize for Fiction will be announced on 3rd June.