Who’s excited for the announcement of the Women’s Prize for Fiction winner this evening?
The build-up to this event has been so great – I’ve loved hearing everyone’s thoughts on the shortlist, as well as the readings and interviews from the authors themselves. It’s such a fantastic celebration of reading and writing.
I’ve only read one of the shortlisted books this year (terrible, i know) but from what I’ve seen, this year’s has been the strongest list for a while:
Elif Batuman, The Idiot
Imogen Hermes Gowar, The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock
Jessie Greengrass, Sight
Meena Kandasamy, When I Hit You: Or, A Portrait of the Writer as a Young Wife
Kamila Shamsie, Home Fire
Jesmyn Ward, Sing, Unburied, Sing
I really loved The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gowar. I thought it was an incredible historical novel that explored sexuality in Georgian London, particularly women’s sexuality, very well.
My full review of The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock can be found here.
Who do you think will win the Women’s Prize? Did you have a favourite from the shortlist?