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The Idiot: An Extract


Elif Batuman’s The Idiot has been shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2018. Read on for an extract from this fantastic novel. Selin, a tall, highly strung Turkish-American from New Jersey…

Fri 1 June, 2018

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Sing, Unburied, Sing: An Extract


Jesmyn Ward’s Sing, Unburied, Sing has been shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2018. Read on for an extract from this blisteringly brilliant novel. Jojo is thirteen years old and…

Fri 1 June, 2018

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Jesmyn Ward: Where I Write


Jesmyn Ward has been shortlisted for the 2018 Women’s Prize for Fiction for Sing, Unburied, Sing. We caught up with Jesmyn to ask her about her workspace, and her writing…

Fri 1 June, 2018

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Home Fire: Extract


Kamila Shamsie’s brilliant Home Fire has been shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2018. Read on for an extract of this fantastic novel. Isma is free. After years…

Fri 25 May, 2018

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The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock: An Extract


Imogen Hermes Gowar’s superb debut The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock has been shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2018. Read on for an extract of this fantastic novel. One…

Fri 25 May, 2018

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Imogen Hermes Gowar: Where I Write


Imogen Hermes Gowar has been shortlisted for the 2018 Women’s Prize for Fiction with The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock. We caught up with Imogen to ask her about…

Fri 25 May, 2018

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Kamila Shamsie: Where I Write


Kamila Shamsie has been shortlisted for the 2018 Women’s Prize for Fiction with Home Fire. We caught up with Kamila to ask her about her workspace, and her writing process….

Fri 25 May, 2018

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Writing tips from Paula Hawkins


The brilliant Paula Hawkins, author of the bestselling The Girl on the Train, is judging this year’s Grazia and Women’s Prize First Chapter Competition. Plus, Paula is appearing…

Fri 25 May, 2018

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Celebrating 40 years of Virago Modern Classics


To mark the 40th anniversary of Virago Modern Classics, a stunning new collection of 14 books has just been published. Discover these now and read on to hear…

Tue 22 May, 2018

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Win a £1000 Whistles makeover & tickets to the Women’s Prize Awards Party


Win yourself the ultimate prize for the fashion-conscious booklover. A £1000 Whistles makeover, £500 each for you and a friend, a pair of money-can’t-buy tickets to the Women’s…

Fri 18 May, 2018

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Jessie Greengrass: Where I Write


Jessie Greengrass has been shortlisted for the 2018 Women’s Prize for Fiction with Sight. We caught up with Jessie to ask her about her workspace, and her writing…

Fri 18 May, 2018

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Read an extract of Sight


Jessie Greengrass’ superb debut Sight has been shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2018. Read on for an extract of this fantastic novel. In Sight,  our unnamed narrator…

Fri 18 May, 2018

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