The 2019 Women’s Prize for Fiction longlist has been announced! This year’s longlist is an interesting mix of genres and both new authors—with seven debut novels on the list—and well-established names.
Kate Williams, the Chair of Judges commented, “I am thrilled to share this longlist–sixteen incredible books by a diverse group of women, from the UK and countries across the world, all brilliant stories that sweep you into another world. 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 announced on April 29 and the winner will be announced on June 5th. The 2019 judges include author, historian, and professor Kate Williams; Arifa Akbar, journalist and critic; Dolly Alderton, columnist, broadcaster and author; Leyla Hussein, campaigner and psychotherapist, and digital entrepreneur Sarah Wood.
The 2019 Women’s Prize for Fiction Longlist
The 2019 longlist is:
The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker
Remembered by Yvonne Battle-Felton
My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite
The Pisces by Melissa Broder
Milkman by Anna Burns
Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi
Ordinary People by Diana Evans
Swan Song by Kelleigh Greenberg-Jephcott
An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
Number One Chinese Restaurant by Lillian Li
Bottled Goods by Sophie van Llewyn
Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli
Praise Song for the Butterflies by Bernice L. McFadden
Circe by Madeline Miller
Ghost Wall by Sarah Moss
Normal People by Sally Rooney
What do you think? Are there any books you were hoping would make the longlist that didn’t? Let us know in the comments!