The Reading Room

Kit De Waal and Vick Hope on Empowering Girls

  On Wednesday 3rd October, at The Way Youth Zone in Wolverhampton, award-winning author and 2018 Women’s Prize for Fiction nominee Kit de Waal and presenter and broadcaster…

Wed 24 October, 2018


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


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


NatWest & Women’s Prize Young Adult Reading List

  August brings this year’s brilliant NatWest Young Adult Reading list to a close, we hope it has introduced you to some fantastic novels, and perhaps inspired you to…

Wed 19 September, 2018


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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