On Wednesday 17th April, the shortlist for the Women’s Prize for Fiction was announced. Among the six authors shortlisted were former winners Zadie Smith and Barbara Kingsolver, and unsurprisingly, Hilary Mantel. Named a “staggeringly strong” list by one pundit, the judges face a tough decision before the winner is announced at the Royal Festival Hall on 5th June.
‘Bring Up the Bodies’ by Hilary Mantel
‘Flight Behaviour’ by Barbara Kingsolver
‘Where’d You Go, Bernadette’ by Maria Semple
‘Life After Life’ by Kate Atkinson
‘May We Be Forgiven’ by A M Homes
‘NW’ by Zadie Smith
Some have said that Hilary Mantel has won enough awards, and whilst we don’t agree entirely we do think that it would be great for another author to have their work well and truly recognised. We’ll be reviewing the winning book when it’s announced in June. You can read our review of last year’s winner – ‘The Song of Achilles’ by Madeline Miller – here.