Women’s Prize for Fiction 2018

The Women’s Prize for Fiction is the UK’s most prestigious annual book award for fiction written by a woman. Founded in 1996, the Prize was set up to celebrate excellence, originality and accessibility in writing by women throughout the world.

The Prize, formerly know as the ‘Bailey’s Prize for Women’s Fiction’, has bee rebranded for 2018 due to a new sponsorship model

The Longlist was announced on 8th March, International Women’s Day, a selection of 16 top titles.

The Shortlist was announced on 23rd April.

Find the selection across Hampshire Libraries in print, to download and even to listen to:

The 2018 Shortlisted books are as follows:

Elif Batuman, The Idiot

Imogen Hermes Gowar, The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock

Jessie Greengrass, Sight

Meena Kandasamy, When I Hit You: Or, A Portrait of the Writer as a Young Wife

Kamila Shamsie, Home Fire

Jesmyn Ward, Sing, Unburied, Sing (Coming soon, reserve now!)


The Time of My Life by Cecelia Ahern

About the book

Are you taking your life for granted?

Lucy Silchester is. She’s busied herself with other stuff: friends’ lives, work issues, her deteriorating car, that kind of thing. But she’s stuck in a rut – and deluding everyone. Only Lucy knows the real truth.

Time for a wake-up call – a meeting with life. And life turns out to be a kindly, rather run-down man in an old suit, who is determined to bring about change – and won’t let Lucy off the hook.

Sometimes we all need to make time for our life…

Reviewed by Goodworth Clatford WI

“An unusual read – it was brought alive once we discussed the synopsis written by one of our group. Cleverly written – it took some time to read. Could do with a second read!”

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How to Fall in Love by Cecelia Ahern

About the book

Christine Rose is crossing the Ha’penny Bridge in Dublin late one night when she sees a stranger, Adam, poised to jump. Desperate to help, she talks him into a reckless deal: if he gives her two weeks – till his 35th birthday – she’ll prove that life is worth living.

But as the clock ticks and the two of them embark on late-night escapades and romantic adventures, what Christine has really promised seems impossible…

Reviewed by Reading Between the Lines

“Predictable but quite enjoyable with a decent ending. Quite easy reading and not that much character development.”

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