16 brilliant books you should add to your reading list this spring

It’s International Women’s Day; the perfect occasion to update your reading list with some brilliant new books by female authors. And luckily, you won’t need to look far for inspiration, as the Women’s Prize for Fiction has just announced its 2019 longlist, and there’s 16 amazing titles waiting to be devoured.

A panel of judges including Arifa Akbar, Dolly Alderton, Leyla Hussein, and Sarah Wood whittled down the list from hundreds of possible entries, and have come up with a selection that spans a range of genres and subjects, but is entirely captivating and compelling in each instance.

women's prize for fiction longlist 2019

‘The discussion amongst the judges was passionate and there were some really tough choices to make,’ commented Professor Kate Williams, Chair of Judges.

‘I am thrilled to share this longlist – sixteen incredible books by a diverse group of women, from the UK and countries across the world, all brilliant stories that sweep you into another world. Each of them have been a privilege to read, and they have taken us into places a million miles from each other, exploring the lives of women and men in so many different but utterly compelling ways.’

women's prize for fiction longlist 2019

From debut authors to writers who might already sit in pride of place on your shelves, here are the novels to read before the winner is announced on 5 June.

The Women’s Prize for Fiction longlist 2019

The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker
Remembered by Yvonne Battle-Felton
My Sister, the Serial Killerby Oyinkan Braithwaite
The Pisces by Melissa Broder
Milkman by Anna Burns
Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi
Ordinary People by Diana Evans
Swan Song by Kelleigh Greenberg-Jephcott
An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
Number One Chinese Restaurant by Lillian Li
Bottled Goods by Sophie van Llewyn
Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli
Praise Song for the Butterflies by Bernice L. McFadden
Circe by Madeline Miller
Ghost Wall by Sarah Moss
Normal People by Sally Rooney

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Want to be in with a chance to win the entire longlist of 16 books? We’ve teamed up with the Women’s Prize for Fiction to give three lucky readers the chance to get the full set.