The shortlist for the first Women’s Prize for Fiction under their new sponsor has been announced…
This year’s shortlist sees debut novelists Audrey Magee, Eimear McBride and Hannah Kent go head to head with literary heavyweights Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Donna Tartt and Jhumpa Lahiri.
Every book on this year’s list, bar The Undertaking, has been previously nominated for a major award – A Girl is a Half-formed Thing was on the inaugural Folio Prize list; Burial Rites was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award; The Lowland made it to the Man Booker shortlist; whilst Americanah beat Donna Tartt‘s The Goldfinch to the American National Book Critics’ Circle Award last year.
The winner, to be announced on 4th June, will receive a cheque for £30,000 and a limited edition bronze known as a ‘Bessie’, created by the artist Grizel Niven.
The shortlist in full
Americanah, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Burial Rites, Hannah Kent
The Lowland, Jhumpa Lahiri
The Undertaking, Audrey Magee
A Girl is a Half-formed Thing, Eimear McBride
The Goldfinch, Donna Tartt