2013 Women’s Prize for Fiction: Shortlist Announced

Women's Book PrizeOn 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.

The Shortlist
‘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.

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2013 Women’s Prize for Fiction: Longlist Announced

Women's Book Prize

The Women’s Prize for Fiction, formerly known as the Orange Prize for Fiction, returns for another year. Following Madeline Miller’s success in 2012, the longlist features both acclaimed and relatively unknown authors. With Hilary Mantel’s Booker Award winning novel, ‘Bring up the Bodies’, longlisted alongside books such as ‘Alif the Unseen’ and ‘The Red Book’, the competition is sure to be an unpredictable one. The shortlist of six will be announced on Tuesday 16th April, and the winner on Wednesday 5th June.

Read our review of last year’s winner, ‘The Song of Achilles’ by Madeline Miller, here.

Source: http://www.womensprizeforfiction.co.uk/2013-prize/longlist

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