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Discover the books shortlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2019. Written by female authors, these stunning novels are thought-provoking and unputdownable.

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Women's Prize for Fiction Shortlist 2019

Discover the books shortlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2019. Written by female authors, these stunning novels are thought-provoking and unputdownable.

  • An American Marriage

    Tayari Jones

    Product Code: BUMTW
    Paperback
    Praised by Barack Obama, longlisted for the Orwell Prize for Political Fiction 2019 and winner of the Women's Prize for Fiction 2019, An American Marriage by Tayari Jones finds an African-American couple learning that the American Dream can often be a nightmare...

    Newlyweds Celestial and Roy are all set to be a power couple. He is a young executive, and she is an artist on the brink of an exciting career. Until one day they are ripped apart by circumstances neither could have imagined...

    Roy is arrested and sentenced to twelve years for a crime Celestial knows he didn't commit. Devastated and unmoored, Celestial finds herself struggling to hold on to the love that has been her centre, taking comfort in Andre, their closest friend. When Roy's conviction is suddenly overturned, he returns home ready to resume their life together...

    A masterpiece of storytelling, An American Marriage offers a profoundly insightful look into the hearts and minds of three unforgettable characters who are at once bound together and separated by forces beyond their control.
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  • Milkman

    Anna Burns

    Product Code: BTHMI
    Paperback
    Winner of the Man Booker Prize 2018, Milkman is an extraordinary tale of gossip and hearsay, silence and deliberate deafness.

    In this unnamed city, to be interesting is dangerous. Middle sister, our protagonist, is busy attempting to keep her mother from discovering her maybe-boyfriend and to keep everyone in the dark about her encounter with Milkman.

    But when her first brother-in-law sniffs out her struggle, and rumours start to swell, middle sister becomes 'interesting'. The last thing she ever wanted to be. To be interesting is to be noticed and to be noticed is dangerous.
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  • My Sister, the Serial Killer

    Oyinkan Braithwaite

    Product Code: BTBFU
    Hardback
    (4)
    "Femi makes three you know. Three and they label you a serial killer." When Korede's dinner is interrupted one night by a distress call from her sister, Ayoola, she knows what's expected of her: bleach, rubber gloves, nerves of steel and a strong stomach. This'll be the third boyfriend Ayoola's dispatched in, quote, self-defence and the third mess that her lethal little sibling has left Korede to clear away. She should probably go to the police for the good of the menfolk of Nigeria, but she loves her sister and, as they say, family always comes first. Until, that is, Ayoola starts dating the fit doctor where Korede works as a nurse. Korede's long been in love with him, and isn't prepared to see him wind up with a knife in his back: but to save one would mean sacrificing the other...
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  • Circe

    Madeline Miller

    Product Code: BOJSM
    Hardback
    Orange Prize-winning author Madeline Miller tells the story of the mythological witch Circe in this historical fantasy.

    Inspired by Homer's Odyssey, it follows Circe as she is scorned and rejected by her kin for not having the look nor the voice of divinity. She is banished to the remote island of Aiaia after casting a dark spell and it's here where she learns to harness her occult craft.

    However, she's not alone and comes across many gods, heroes and monsters as she is faced with the decision of heading back to where she's from or staying with the mortals she has come to love.
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  • Ordinary People

    Diana Evans

    Product Code: BMLVF
    Hardback
    'Diana Evans is a lyrical and glorious writer; a precise poet of the human heart' Naomi Alderman `You can take a leap, do something off the wall, something reckless. It's your last chance, and most people miss it.' South London, 2008. Two couples find themselves at a moment of reckoning, on the brink of acceptance or revolution. Melissa has a new baby and doesn't want to let it change her but, in the crooked walls of a narrow Victorian terrace, she begins to disappear. Michael, growing daily more accustomed to his commute, still loves Melissa but can't quite get close enough to her to stay faithful. Meanwhile out in the suburbs, Stephanie is happy with Damian and their three children, but the death of Damian's father has thrown him into crisis - or is it something, or someone, else? Are they all just in the wrong place? Are any of them prepared to take the leap? Set against the backdrop of Barack Obama's historic election victory, Ordinary People is an intimate, immersive study of identity and parenthood, sex and grief, friendship and aging, and the fragile architecture of love. With its distinctive prose and irresistible soundtrack, it is the story of our lives, and those moments that threaten to unravel us.
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