Women’s Prize for Fiction 2021: Buy the Whole Shortlist


Buy the full shortlist of the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2021 for a 15% reduction in price.

Our bookseller Elle has read all the books on the shortlist and added her reviews to the record for each book.

And the winner is… Susanna Clarke for Piranesi

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Buy the full shortlist of the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2021 for a 15% reduction in price.

  • How the One-Armed Sister Sweeps Her House by Cherie Jones (RRP £8.99)
  • No One is Talking About This by Patricia Lockwood (RRP £14.99)
  • Piranesi by Susanna Clarke (RRP £8.99)
  • Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi (RRP £14.99)
  • Unsettled Ground by Claire Fuller (RRP £14.99)
  • The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett (RRP £8.99)

And the winner is… Susanna Clarke for Piranesi

This year’s Women’s Prize for Fiction shortlist, which this year features six writers who have never previously been shortlisted for the Prize.

This year’s shortlist includes two British authors, two American, one Barbadian, and one Ghanaian/ American author. The six books have been selected by the Chair of judges Bernardine Evaristo and her judging panel: podcaster, author and journalist, Elizabeth Day; TV and radio presenter, journalist and writer, Vick Hope; print columnist and writer, Nesrine Malik; and news presenter and broadcaster, Sarah-Jane Mee.

Chair of judges and novelist Bernardine Evaristo, says: ‘Coming up with a longlist of sixteen books for this prize was relatively easy compared to whittling the selection down to six novels, which by necessity demands more consensus. Sadly, we had to lose so many exceptional books that we loved. However, with this shortlist, we are excited to present a gloriously varied and thematically rich exploration of women’s fiction at its finest. These novels will take the reader from a rural Britain left behind to the underbelly of a community in Barbados; from inside the hectic performance of social media to inside a family beset by addiction and oppression; from a tale of racial hierarchy in America to a mind-expanding tale of altered perceptions. Fiction by women defies easy categorisation or stereotyping, and all of these novels grapple with society’s big issues expressed through thrilling storytelling. We feel passionate about them, and we hope readers do too.’



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