The 2013 Women’s Prize for Fiction

The longlist for the 2013 Women’s Prize for Fiction (formerly the Orange Prize) is out!

I haven’t read a single one, but I can’t resist lists and have bolded those that I’m probably going to try to read soon, and marked in blue those I’ve not heard of before.

Kitty Aldridge, A Trick I Learned From Dead Men
Kate Atkinson, Life After Life
Ros Barber, The Marlowe Papers
Shani Boianjiu, The People of Forever Are Not Afraid
Gillian Flynn, Gone Girl
Sheila Heti, How Should a Person Be?
A.M. Homes, May We Be Forgiven
Barbara Kingsolver, Flight Behavior
Deborah Copaken Kogan, The Red Book
Hilary Mantel, Bring Up the Bodies
Bonnie Nadzam, Lamb
Emily Perkins, The Forrests
Michèle Roberts, Ignorance
Francesca Segal, The Innocents
Maria Semple, Where’d You Go, Bernadette
Elif Shafak, Honour
Zadie Smith, NW
ML Stedman, The Light Between Oceans
Carrie Tiffany, Mateship with Birds
G Willow Wilson, Alif the Unseen (I’m on hold for this book)


5 thoughts on “The 2013 Women’s Prize for Fiction

  1. Don’t you just adore prize lists? I do 🙂 Gone Girl is twisty and crazy, Bring up the Bodies is even better than Wolf Hall and Bernadette is HILARIOUS. There are a few more that I’ve read and a few more that I want to read. I’ll look forward to hearing what you think of the ones you get to!


    1. Oh love love prize lists! So much fun…. so many many books to add! 🙂

      I keep hearing about how funny Bernadette is and am eager to read it!


  2. It’s an interesting lists, and much more diverse than some years. I loved The Marlowe Papers, I’ve been admired Michele Roberts’ books in the past, and I have high hopes for Ignorance, and I’m eagerly awaiting the new Kate Atkinson. There are a few books listed that I didn’t get on with or that I didn’t think were award worthy, but I won’t name names and risk colouring your thinking.


  3. I’m interested in the books by authors whose other works I’ve enjoyed (Kingsolver, Atkinson, Shafak, Smith, Roberts, Tiffany) but I’m intrigued by the looks of The Red Book, The Forrests, The Innocents and the A.M. Homes (have only seen a film based on one of her stories, which I loved) and curious about some of the descriptions for books I’d not heard of at all before (like the last one, which I’ve got coming from the library too). Great possibilities, eh? 🙂


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