The Shortlist of 2023 Women's Prize For Fiction Announced
If you're fond of the books written by women authors, we've got a brilliant hint for you, as the 2023 Women's Prize for Fiction announced six novels on its shortlist.
Half of this year’s list - described as ‘ambitious, eclectic and hard-hitting’ - is made up of first-time novelists appearing alongside novels by previous Women’s Prize-winning and shortlisted authors.
Chair of judges, broadcaster and writer Louise Minchin, said: "This is an exquisite set of ambitious, diverse, thoughtful, hard-hitting and emotionally engaging novels. A glittering showcase of the power of women’s writing. My fellow judges and I feel it has been a huge privilege to read these novels, and we are delighted to be part of their journey, bringing them to the attention of more readers from across the world."
Here is the shortlist:
Black Butterflies by Priscilla Morris
Pod by Laline Paull
Fire Rush by Jacqueline Crooks
Trespasses by Louise Kennedy
The Marriage Portrait by Maggie O’Farrell
Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver
Although the 2023 shortlist offers globe-spanning settings - from former Yugoslavia, Jamaica and the Indian Ocean, to Italy, Virginia and Ireland - the writers themselves are predominantly British: four of the list are British alongside one American and one Irish author.
The winner of this year’s Women’s Prize for Fiction will be awarded on Wednesday 14th June 2023.