Discussing the books from The Women’s Fiction Prize – Long List

As most of you will know, the Women’s Prize for Fiction Long List was announced today. This is a prestigious annual book award celebrating and honouring women’s fiction. Founded in 1996 the prize was set up to celebrate originality, accessibility and excellence in writing by women and to connect world class writers with readers everywhere.

I’ve had a look at the long list and have only read two of the books on there. I have heard of some others but most of them I have never heard of the book or author. I was surprised not to see Delia Owen’s Where The Crawdad’s Sing on the list as this was a firm favourite of mine last year and it has been number 1 on the New York Bestsellers List for months.

Anyway here is the 2019 Women’s Prize for Fiction Long List…
– The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker
– Remembered by Yvonee Battle-Felton
– My Sister The Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite
– The Pisces by Melissa Brooder
– Milkman by Anna Burns
– Fresh Water by Akwaeke Emezi
– Ordinary People by Diana Evans
– Swan Song by Kelleigh Greenberg Jephcott
– An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
– Number One Chinese Restaurant by Lillian Li
– Bottled Goods by Sophie Van Llewyn
– Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli
– Praise Song For The Butterflies by Bernice L. Mc Fadden
– Circe by Madeline Miller
– Ghost Wall by Sarah Moss
– Normal People by Sally Rooney

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Books I have read from the list
– Circe by Madeline Miller
– My Sister, The Serial Killer

Books I would want to read

– The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker
At school I read Pat Barker’s Regeneration and love it! This book also sounds right up my street all about Greek Mythology.

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When her city falls to the Greeks, Briseis’s old life is shattered. She is transformed from queen to captive, from free woman to slave, awarded to the god-like warrior Achilles as a prize of war. And she’s not alone: on the same day, and on many others in the course of a long and bitter war, innumerable women have been wrested from their homes and flung to the fighters.

– Praise Song For The Butterflies by Bernice L. Mc Fadden
This book sounds pretty harrowing but so interesting as well. Just the blurb itself has me captivated.

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Abebe Tsikata lives a comfortable, happy life in West Africa as the privileged 9-year-old daughter of a government employee and stay-at-home mother. But when the Tsikatas’ idyllic lifestyle takes a turn for the worse, Abebe’s father, following his mother’s advice, places her in a religious shrine, hoping that the sacrifice of his daughter will serve as religious atonement for his ancestors’ crimes. Unspeakable acts befall Abebe for the 15 years she’s enslaved within the shrine.

– Ghost Wall by Sarah Moss
Myths, ghosts the iron age, magic all sounds good to me!
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Teenage Silvie and her parents are living in a hut in Northumberland as an exercise in experimental archaeology.

Her father is a difficult man, obsessed with imagining and enacting the harshness of Iron Age life. Haunting Silvie’s narrative is the story of a bog girl, a young woman sacrificed by those closest to her, and the landscape both keeps and reveals the secrets of past violence and ritual as the summer builds to its harrowing climax.

– Normal People by Sally Rooney
I have read Rooney’s Conversations With Friends and did enjoy it, I have heard Normal People is better so would like to give this a go at some point.
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Marianne is the young, affluent, intellectual wallflower; Connell is the boy everyone likes, shadowed by his family’s reputation and poverty. Unlikely friends, and later lovers, their small town beginnings in rural Ireland are swiftly eclipsed by the heady worlds of student Dublin. Gradually their intense, mismatched love becomes a battleground of power, class and the falsehoods they choose to believe. 

The short list comes out on the 28th April and the winner will be announced on the 5th of June. It’s hard to predict who will win especially when I have only read two of the books listed. I think I will wait until the short list until I make any guesses.

What books have you read from the long list? Any that you recommend? What ones do you plan to read? And what book do you think will be the overall winner? I would love to hear your thoughts. Katie x

 

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