The Women's Prize for Fiction 2024 Shortlist

Founded as a riposte to 1991’s all-male Booker Prize shortlist, since 1996 the Women’s Prize for Fiction has underpinned a renaissance in literary fiction written by women. The sheer standard of former winners (including Zadie Smith, Madeline Miller, Ali Smith, Maggie O’Farrell and the much-missed Andrea Levy) has ensured the Prize’s continued standing as one of the country’s elite literary awards.

This year’s shortlist showcases once again the incredible diversity of women’s fiction writing in English, ranging from an empowering story of female independence in nineteenth-century New South Wales to a searing examination of art and belonging in modern-day Palestine.

The winner will be crowned on Thursday 13 June.

The 2024 Shortlist

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From the Booker Prize-winning author of The Gathering comes an exquisitely crafted generational novel of women's resilience, as the footloose Nell sets off on adventure with the shadows of her formidable parents looming over her.
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Set during the Sri Lankan civil war in the 1980s, Ganeshananthan's spellbinding coming-of-age follows sixteen-year-old Sashi as her dreams of becoming a doctor are brutally subsumed in the bloody conflict.
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The bestselling author of The Secret River delivers another enthralling historical novel that follows the inspiring titular heroine, determined to shape her destiny in nineteenth-century New South Wales.
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The author of the bestselling The Parisian delivers a moving, thought-provoking story about family, resistance and reconciliation, as a London actress returns to her native Palestine to visit her sister and joins a production of Hamlet in the West Bank.
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A formidable return to fiction from the bestselling author of Devil You Know, Soldier Sailor is a compelling, scorching exploration of motherhood, identity and autonomy.
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At once an intimate family saga and a kaleidoscopic exploration of capitalism and East-West relations, Lescure's nuanced account of a warring mother and daughter and the rich landlord at the centre of their dispute makes for powerful and engaging reading.
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The 2024 Longlist

Hangman
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Maya Binyam
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In Defence of the Act
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Effie Black
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And Then She Fell
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Alicia Elliott
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The Wren, The Wren
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Anne Enright
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The Maiden
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Kate Foster
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Brotherless Night
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V. V. Ganeshananthan
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Restless Dolly Maunder
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Kate Grenville
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Enter Ghost
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Isabella Hammad
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Soldier Sailor
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Claire Kilroy
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8 Lives of a Century-Old Trickster
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Mirinae Lee
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The Blue, Beautiful World
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Karen Lord
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Western Lane
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Chetna Maroo
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Nightbloom
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Peace Adzo Medie
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Ordinary Human Failings
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Megan Nolan
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River East, River West
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Aube Rey Lescure
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A Trace of Sun
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Pam Williams
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Previous Winners

Demon Copperhead
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The Book of Form and Emptiness
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Piranesi
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Hamnet
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An American Marriage
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Home Fire
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The Power
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The Glorious Heresies
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How to be Both
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A Girl is a Half-formed Thing
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May We Be Forgiven
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The Song of Achilles
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The Tiger's Wife
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The Lacuna
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Home
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The Road Home
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Half of a Yellow Sun
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On Beauty
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