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Kate Mosse: a new book & a new website!

Brilliant Women’s Prize for Fiction co-founder and bestselling author Kate Mosse will shortly be back with her latest novel The Burning Chambers, which publishes in May 2018. Kate’s brand…

Thu 15 February, 2018


Votes for Women: Our 2018 judges on what suffrage means to them

Today we’re celebrating 100 years since some British women finally won the right to vote with some inspiring thoughts from our 2018 Women’s Prize for Fiction judges. Under the…

Tue 6 February, 2018


Denise Mina’s 5 Under-Appreciated Scottish Women Writers

Happy Burns Night one and all! To mark the occasion, Scottish crime writer, playwright and 2014 Women’s Prize for Fiction judge, Denise Mira has put together a list of…

Thu 25 January, 2018


Celebrating 200 years of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein

This year marks the 200th anniversary since the publication of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, considered by many to be one of literature’s greatest novels. Brought up by her father, Mary…

Thu 18 January, 2018


Bookshelfie: Tania Harrison

On this week’s bookshelfie, we caught up with the brilliant Tania Harrison, Arts Curator at Latitude Festival. Tania is responsible for curating and booking the cultural programme (a mammoth…

Thu 11 January, 2018


Our top 10 quotes from 2017

It’s no secret that 2017 has been a great year for women’s fiction, we’ve had new novels from Women’s Prize winners Ali Smith and Zadie Smith, 4 out…

Thu 28 December, 2017


Mary Beard on Women & Power

Britain’s best-known classicist and former Women’s Prize for Fiction judge Mary Beard, has just released a feminist manifesto you need to know about! In Women & Power Mary revisits the gender…

Fri 10 November, 2017


Outsiders: 5 Women Who Changed the World

It’s not a secret that we love an opportunity to celebrate women’s voices, and the release of Outsiders, the latest book from award-winning biographer Lyndall Gordon is the…

Fri 27 October, 2017


Thriller Queens on What Makes a Killer Read

At the Baileys Prize Book Bar, at Waterstones Tottenham Court Road, we brought together a line-up of internationally bestselling writers to talk about what makes a great thriller. As…

Fri 27 October, 2017


Bookshelfie: Louise Hulland

On this week’s bookshelfie, we caught up with the brilliant Louise Hulland, an award-winning journalist, presenter and documentary maker who can be seen regularly reporting for Watchdog, London…

Mon 16 October, 2017


Bookshelfie: June Sarpong

We recently caught up with television presenter, broadcaster, campaigner and all-round inspirational woman June Sarpong MBE who gave us a quick insight into her reading habits and her…

Mon 11 September, 2017


Q&A: Women’s Equality Party Founder Catherine Mayer

Following a brilliant appearance at our Stories for Rebel Girls event at Latitude Festival this year, we caught up with the fantastic Catherine Mayer, co-founder of the Women’s Equality…

Fri 1 September, 2017


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