The Women's Prize for Fiction 2022 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 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 a deliciously witty tale of ghostly goings-on in a Minneapolis bookshop to a breathtakingly realised, empathetic meditation on long-term mental illness. The winner will be crowned on Wednesday 15 June.

The 2022 Shortlist

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A page-turning plot with a blazing feminist message at its heart drives this powerfully unique Trinidad-set novel that follows an unforgettable protagonist as she starts her journey out of a cycle of violence into a new, freer future.
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Combining pivotal contemporary events with a deliciously witty ghost story set in a Minneapolis bookshop, The Sentence is a dazzling inventive novel from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Night Watchman.
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Tackling the issue of long-term mental illness with wit and candour, Mason’s remarkable novel takes a rounded, empathetic look at the condition through the experiences of a middle-aged woman who has struggled to find contentment in her adult life.
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As everyday objects start talking to fourteen-year-old Benny in the wake of a family bereavement, he seeks refuge in a library populated by unforgettable characters in this breathtakingly original and compassionate novel from the author of A Tale for the Time Being.
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From the author of The Architect's Apprentice comes a bittersweet tale of star-crossed love and the legacy of secrecy on future generations, played out in a vividly evoked island setting.
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Mapping the lives of a fearless female aviator and an actor who portrays her on screen decades later, Great Circle is an expansive tale of passion and ambition from the author of the award-winning Seating Arrangements.
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The 2022 Longlist

The Bread the Devil Knead
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Careless
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Flamingo
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The Sentence
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The Paper Palace
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Build Your House Around My Body
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Sorrow and Bliss
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The Exhibitionist
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The Book of Form and Emptiness
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This One Sky Day
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The Island of Missing Trees
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Great Circle
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The Final Revival of Opal & Nev
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Creatures of Passage
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Previous Winners

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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We Need To Talk About Kevin
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Small Island
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