We love nothing more than getting lost in a good book, now more than ever. When the world outside is as uncertain as it is, one thing that is certain is books have a magical power to transport us to other worlds, allowing us the small pleasure of forgetting about lockdown and coronavirus, even if just for a short time.
If you’ve been getting in touch with your inner bookworm over the last few weeks, or even if you haven’t but want to, you’ll be pleased to hear that the Women’s Prize for Fiction has just announced it’s shortlist – and boy is it a good one.
2020 marks the 25th Women’s Prize for Fiction, and as always it shines a spotlight on brilliant women writers, highlighting the wealth of female talent that’s out there.
The list comprises of six absolutely brilliant books that basically sorts out the conundrum of what we should put on our lockdown reading list. The 2020 shortlist was announced by Chair of Judges, Martha Lane Fox, and is as follows:
Dominicana by Angie Cruz
Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo
A Thousand Ships by Natalie Haynes
The Mirror and the Light by Hilary Mantel
Hamnet by Maggie O’ Farrell
Weather by Jenny Offill
And without further ado, we're thrilled to share with you the 2020 #WomensPrize for Fiction shortlist.
— Women's Prize (@WomensPrize) April 21, 2020
You’ll no doubt have heard of at least a few of those titles already – many have been included on several ‘books of 2020’ lists, winning awards and receiving rave reviews – Bernardine Evaristo’s Girl, Woman, Other won last year’s Man Booker Prize.
The winner will be announced 9 September, giving you plenty of time to work your way through the list.
Joining Martha on the 2020 judging panel are writer and activist Scarlett Curtis, writer and activist, Melanie Eusebe, co-founder of the Black British Business Awards, author and comedian Viv Groskop and Paula Hawkins, international bestselling author.
Speaking of the shortlist, Martha said: ‘We are all living in challenging, sad and complex times so incredible stories provide hope, a moment of escape and a point of connection now more than ever. Choosing the shortlist was tough – we went slowly and carefully and passions ran high – just as you would want in such a process. But we are all so proud of these books – all readers will find solace if they pick one up.’
Order your copies online today and add to your lockdown reading list pronto.