Women’s Prize for Fiction 2020 shortlist announced

6 books are selected for the £30,000 prize

Women's Prize for Fiction

The judges of the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2020 have digitally announced the six shortlisted titles for this year’s prize. The selection is made from the 16 books that were longlisted in March earlier this year.

Each shortlisted author receives a bespoke leather-bound edition of their novel. The winner is entitled to a £30,000 prize, and a limited edition bronze figurine.

Women’s Prize for Fiction 2020 shortlist

The selected books, in no particular order, are:

A Thousand Ships by Natalie Haynes

“A Thousand Ships” is a retelling of the story of the Trojan War, but from an all-female perspective. It gives voices to the women, girls and goddesses involved in the event.

Dominicana by Angie Cruz

“Dominicana” is a historical fiction novel about a young woman from Dominican Republic who emigrates to the States after marrying a man twice her age. The story is about how she learns to free herself from the restraints and earn independence.

Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo

“Girl, Woman, Other” depicts the life struggles of twelve different black, British characters, mostly women. The characters share the stories of their families, friends, and lovers. The book had jointly won the Booker Prize last year, sharing the accolade with Margaret Atwood.

Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell

“Hamnet” is a luminous portrait of a marriage; at its heart is the loss of a beloved child. As you would have guessed by now, the title refers to William Shakespeare’e boy who died at the age of eleven.

The Mirror and the Light by Hilary Mantel

“The Mirror and the Light” is the final book under the Thomas Cromwell trilogy. The book traces the final years of Henry VIII’s advisor and the first Earl of Essex.

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Weather by Jenny Offill

“Weather” is a contemporary fiction novel. It is a shimmering tour de force about a family, and a nation, in crisis. As the title hints, the book also talks about the problem of climate change.

What about the winner of the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2020?

The winner will be declared on September 9.


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