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The Women's Prize for Fiction longlist features 16 books to get excited about

The award celebrates female authors around the world

Women's Prize for Fiction Longlist
Women's Prize for Fiction

If you're looking to update your reading list this spring, the Women's Prize for Fiction longlist has arrived at just the right time.

The annual prize, which celebrates fiction from women writing in English from around the world, has just announced the 16 novels that are in the running for this year's prestigious award.

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The longlist features established writers, including Man Booker Prize winner Anna Burns for Milkman and Costa Novel Award winner Sally Rooney for her second novel, , as well as a few rising stars in the literary world.

Among the seven debut novels to make the cut are by Yvonne Battle-Felton and by Melissa Broder. The inclusion of Akwaeke Emezi's also marks the first time a non-binary writer has been longlisted for the prize.

The 16 books were selected by a panel of five judges chaired by Professor Kate Williams, author, historian and Professor of History at the University of Reading. Speaking about their choices, Williams said: "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."

The shortlist will be confirmed on 29 April before the 2019 winner is announced on 5 June, just in time for summer holiday reading.

See the full list of nominees below:

by Pat Barker

by Yvonne Battle-Felton

by Oyinkan Braithwaite

by Melissa Broder

by Anna Burns

by Akwaeke Emezi

by Diana Evans

by Kelleigh Greenberg-Jephcott

by Tayari Jones

by Lilian Li

by Sophie van Llewyn

Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli

by Bernice L. McFadden

by Madeline Miller

by Sarah Moss

by Sally Rooney

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