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Womens Prize for Fiction Longlist Announced

Women’s prize for fiction lines up ‘heavy hitters’ on 2020 longlist

Three Booker winners lead a 16-strong field contending for £30,000 prize in what judges described as ‘an extraordinary year’

By Allison Flood

The Mirror and the Light isn’t published until Thursday, but the conclusion to Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall trilogy has already made the longlist for the Women’s prize for fiction.

Some of the biggest names in fiction are in direct competition this year for the £30,000 award, which celebrates “excellence, originality and accessibility in writing by women in English from across the world”. Mantel, who won the Booker price twice for the previous novels in her historical trilogy about the life of Thomas Cromwell, is up against two other Booker winners: Anne Enright’s Actress, in which a daughter explores her famous mother’s breakdown, and Bernardine Evaristo’s Girl, Woman, Other, a polyphonic exploration of black womanhood. A prominent omission from the longlist is Margaret Atwood’s The Testaments, which jointly won the Booker with Evaristo’s novel last year. Read the full story at The Guardian.

We’re excited to see so many Literary Affairs favorites on this list! Actress and The Dutch House are both among our Books in the Bag book club picks, The Mirror and the Light is one of our most-anticipated Upcoming Releases, and Girl, Woman, Other was our January Book of the Month. Congratulations to Anne Enright, Ann Patchett, Hilary Mantel, and Bernardine Evaristo!

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