2013 Women's Prize for Fiction Shortlist Announced

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Women's Prize 2013 ShortlistThe shortlist for this year's Women's Prize for Fiction was announced this morning. Launched in 1996, and formerly the Orange Prize, the Women's Prize for Fiction is awarded to a female author who, in the opinion of the judges, has written the best, eligible full-length novel in English. The prize is the UK’s only annual book award for fiction written by a woman.

Right: Shortlist titles. Click image to view larger version.

Women fiction writers have been getting a lot of good press these past two days, which is good to see. Today's announcement follows fast on the heels of yesterday's by literary magazine Granta of its once-in-a-decade list of the 20 Best of Young British Novelists(aged under 40), a list dominated for the first time by women. Read Granta list of top young novelists is female-dominated and international (Guardian)

Last year's Women's Prize shortlist included 'The Forgotten Waltz', the story of an adulterous affair and the fifth novel by Irish writer Anne Enright. However this year this is no Irish representative, the list being made up of three British and three American writers. For the first time, the shortlist includes two previous winners of the Orange Prize; Barbara Kingsolver who won the Orange Prize for Fiction in 2010 for The Lacuna, and Zadie Smith who won in 2006 for On Beauty.

The shortlist of six (with links to library catalogue entries) is:-

The winner will be announced on the 5th June.

What the press has to say:

"Mantel will be the one to beat, having already picked the Man Booker prize and the the Costa book of the year for her all-conquering Bring Up the Bodies, the second instalment of her Thomas Cromwell trilogy." Guardian

"Literary heavyweights Hilary Mantel and Zadie Smith will battle it out for this year’s Women’s Prize for Fiction (formerly the Orange Prize) in what judges described as "an exceptional year for women’s fiction"" Independent

The 2012 winner was 'The Song of Achilles' by Madeline Miller.

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