Our judges on the books you should discover in 2021

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Possibly one of the most keenly anticipated New Years ever, 2021 is finally upon us. To help you stock your New Year TBR piles, we asked the brilliant 2021 Women’s Prize for Fiction judging panel to pick just one book by a woman they most often recommend.

Watch the video below or scroll on for recommendations from Chair of Judges Bernardine Evaristo, plus Elizabeth Day, Vick Hope, Nesrine Malik and Sarah-Jane Mee.

Find out more about our judges here, and head to the Women’s Prize Instagram for a chance to win all five of our judges’ fantastic recommendations. Enter now >

Bernardine Evaristo 2021 book recommendation 'Their Eyes Were Watching God' by Zora Neale Hurston

Bernardine Evaristo:Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston

‘An exceptional book, I often recommend to people.’

Photo of Elizabeth Day and her 2021 book recommendation Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Elizabeth Day:Americanah, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

‘I absolutely love it for its plot, its characterization, the fact that it’s epic in scale but human in resonance.’

Photo of Vick Hope and her 2021 book recommendation Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Vick Hope: Half of a Yellow Sun, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

‘I learnt so much about my own heritage, about my own background, from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, so beautifully, perfectly articulated.’

Photo of Sarah-Jane Mee and The Five by Hallie Rubenhold

Sarah-Jane Mee: The Five, Hallie Rubenhold

‘What I loved about what Hallie did with the story of the women that were victims of Jack the Ripper is she gave them a voice, and that’s what women’s fiction and women’s writing is all about. Giving a voice to women.’

Photo of Nesrine Malik and and Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf

Nesrine Malik:Mrs Dalloway, Virginia Woolf

‘This is a book I return to again and again. With every reading something new reveals itself. A short, relatively uneventful, and yet somehow infinitely layered book.’

The Women's Prize Podcast

Tune into host Vick Hope and a line-up of incredible guests on our weekly podcast full of unmissable book recommendations.