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Read the Women’s Prize & Grazia First Chapter winning entry


At the Women’s Prize awards party last week, Faith Eckersall was crowned the winner of the 2018 Grazia and Women’s Prize for Fiction First Chapter competition. 53-year-old Faith was presented…

Wed 13 June, 2018

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Highlights from the Women’s Prize Awards Party


On Wednesday night in Bedford Square Gardens in Bloomsbury at a glorious outdoor party, we celebrated the 2018 winner of the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction, Kamila Shamsie with…

Fri 8 June, 2018

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Bookshelfie: Helen Marriage


We caught up with the amazing Helen Marriage, the artistic director who is currently producing the Processions march commemorating 100 years of women’s suffrage, to ask her for her favourite…

Fri 8 June, 2018

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Announcing the 2018 Women’s Prize winner!


We’re absolutely thrilled to reveal that Kamila Shamsie has won the 2018 Women’s Prize for Fiction with her seventh novel Home Fire. At an awards ceremony hosted in Bedford Square Gardens,…

Wed 6 June, 2018

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YouTubers predict the 2018 Women’s Prize winner!


At the Women’s Prize for Fiction, each year we’re thrilled to work with some supremely talented bloggers YouTubers and Instagrammers. This year, a host of literary trendsetters from the…

Tue 5 June, 2018

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Highlights from the Grazia & Women’s Prize Book Club


Last night, at Foyles Charing Cross Road, four brilliant women came together to discuss their favourite debut novels and their own journey to being published. Chaired by novelist and…

Tue 5 June, 2018

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Jen Campbell reviews the shortlist for TOAST


To celebrate the 2018 Women’s Prize for Fiction, we teamed up with TOAST who asked the brilliant author Jen Campbell to review the shortlist for this month’s book club….

Tue 5 June, 2018

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The Idiot: An Extract


Elif Batuman’s The Idiot has been shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2018. Read on for an extract from this fantastic novel. Selin, a tall, highly strung Turkish-American from New Jersey…

Fri 1 June, 2018

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Sing, Unburied, Sing: An Extract


Jesmyn Ward’s Sing, Unburied, Sing has been shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2018. Read on for an extract from this blisteringly brilliant novel. Jojo is thirteen years old and…

Fri 1 June, 2018

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Jesmyn Ward: Where I Write


Jesmyn Ward has been shortlisted for the 2018 Women’s Prize for Fiction for Sing, Unburied, Sing. We caught up with Jesmyn to ask her about her workspace, and her writing…

Fri 1 June, 2018

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Home Fire: Extract


Kamila Shamsie’s brilliant Home Fire has been shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2018. Read on for an extract of this fantastic novel. Isma is free. After years…

Fri 25 May, 2018

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The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock: An Extract


Imogen Hermes Gowar’s superb debut The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock has been shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2018. Read on for an extract of this fantastic novel. One…

Fri 25 May, 2018

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