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Explore author interviews, guest posts from brilliant women and more on our blog

Win a stack of Barbara Kingsolver books, plus tickets to see her live


  We’re beyond excited that Barbara Kingsolver’s much-anticipated new novel Unsheltered is out now. Barbara is perhaps most well-known for her international bestseller The Poisonwood Bible, and also…

Fri 19 October, 2018

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Discover Violette Leduc


‘Violette Leduc’s novels are works of genius and also a bit peculiar. . . Female love and desire are [her] main subjects.’ – Deborah Levy [from the introduction] Deborah…

Mon 1 October, 2018

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NatWest & Women’s Prize Young Adult Reading List


  We’re delighted to announce the launch of our new NatWest and Women’s Prize for Fiction Young Adult Reading List, a selection of 12 of the most inspiring…

Wed 19 September, 2018

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Our Top 5 Classic Canons You Need On Your Bookshelf


We love the Canons series from indie publisher Canongate, dubbed as ‘books without boundaries’ and featuring a range of books that are already classics or soon will be. To…

Sat 8 September, 2018

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10 Women in Translation to Discover Now


Did you know it’s Women in Translation Month? Less than a third of all literary translations published in the UK are written by women, and the ones that…

Wed 22 August, 2018

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5 Devastating Dorothy Parker Quotes


Born 125 years ago today, Dorothy Parker was an author prized for her ability to devastate anyone in a few carefully chosen words. To celebrate the occasion in…

Wed 22 August, 2018

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Read Kate Mosse’s foreword to ‘I Am Heathcliff’


We’re absolutely thrilled that to mark the 200th anniversary of Emily Brontë’s birth, I Am Heathcliff is publishing today, and we’ve got a very special sneak preview for…

Thu 26 July, 2018

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Our Latitude panel pick their feminist classics…


This weekend we brought a phenomenal panel of women together at Latitude Festival for a very special Women’s Prize for Fiction event. Read on to find out which…

Fri 20 July, 2018

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Jen Campbell reads from her short story collection


The fantastic author, poet and booktuber Jen Campbell has written a wonderful book of stories titled The Beginning of the World in the Middle of the Night, which…

Thu 19 July, 2018

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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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