The Reading Room


The latest news and announcements about the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction

Meet the 2020 Women’s Prize judges

We’re delighted to announce the judging panel for the 25th year of the Women’s Prize for Fiction. The Chair of Judges for 2020 will be businesswoman, philanthropist and…

Wed 6 November, 2019


Sara Pascoe: Sex Power Money

  Award-winning comedian and 2017 Women’s Prize for Fiction judge Sara Pascoe is back with a brand new book. Read on for an exclusive sneak peek, and a…

Tue 3 September, 2019

[From left to right: Bernadine Evaristo, Kate Williams, Viv Groskop and Scarlett Curtis]

Listen to our special Latitude Festival podcast episode

  Missed out on this year’s Latitude Festival? Never fear! We’re bringing you the highlights from the Suffolk-based music and performing arts festival on our latest podcast episode….

Fri 26 July, 2019


Announcing the 2019 Women’s Prize for Fiction Winner

Without further ado, we’re delighted to reveal that Tayari Jones has won this year’s Women’s Prize for Fiction with An American Marriage. At tonight’s awards ceremony hosted in…

Wed 5 June, 2019


Last Night at the Baileys Book Bar: Thinking Pink

Last night the Women’s Prize for Fiction at the Baileys Book Bar at Waterstones Tottenham Court Road played host to a fantastic live event, hosted by bestselling author…

Wed 1 May, 2019


Revealing the 2019 Women’s Prize for Fiction Shortlist

We’re delighted to reveal this year’s Women’s Prize for Fiction shortlist, as chosen by our 2019 judges. The shortlist, which features a diverse range of voices and nationalities,…

Mon 29 April, 2019


Announcing the Women’s Prize 2019 Longlist

  We are delighted to reveal this year’s fantastic Women’s Prize for Fiction longlist, as chosen by our brilliant 2019 judging panel. Chaired by Professor Kate Williams author, historian…

Mon 4 March, 2019


YouTubers Predict our 2019 Longlist

At the Women’s Prize for Fiction, each year we’re lucky to work with some wonderful bloggers, YouTubers and Instagrammers. One of our favourite times of year is the…

Sun 3 March, 2019


Bookshelfie: Janet Ellis

We recently caught up with the fantastic an English television presenter, actress and writer Janet Ellis, who gave us an insight into her reading habits. Read on to…

Wed 27 February, 2019


Andrea Levy: ‘one of the most important literary voices of our time’

‘I started to realise what fiction could be. And I thought, wow! You can be ambitious, you can take on the world – you really can.’ – Andrea…

Mon 18 February, 2019


Women’s Prize for Fiction Announces Charitable Status

We are absolutely delighted to today announce the Women’s Prize for Fiction’s move to a registered charity in our continuing quest to bring outstanding international fiction by women…

Fri 15 February, 2019


Women Writers Revisited: Kate Mosse on Sarah Gainham

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

Wed 30 January, 2019