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A Q&A with Sophie van Llewyn

  Sophie van Llewyn has been longlisted for the 2019 Women’s Prize for Fiction for her novel Bottled Goods. We caught up with Sophie to chat about flash…

Fri 5 April, 2019


A Q&A with Madeline Miller

Madeline Miller has been shortlisted for the 2019 Women’s Prize for Fiction for Circe. Read on to find out about Madeline’s favourite women writers, the inspiration behind Circe and…

Fri 29 March, 2019


A Q&A with Lillian Li

Lillian Li has been longlisted for the 2019 Women’s Prize for Fiction for Number One Chinese Restaurant. Read on to find out about how Lillian’s own experience working as…

Sun 17 March, 2019


Women Writers Revisited: Kate Mosse on Helen Waddell

  Welcome to our regular new feature Women Writers Revisited, a segment in which brilliant women associated with the Women’s Prize tell us the overlooked or ‘forgotten’ female writers…

Wed 28 November, 2018


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


A Q&A with Kit de Waal

The fantastic Kit de Waal has been longlisted for the 2018 Women’s Prize for Fiction for her second novel The Trick to Time. Read on to find out about…

Sun 15 April, 2018


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


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