What will be on the Women’s Prize for Fiction longlist?

The longlist for the Women’s Prize for Fiction (formerly Baileys Prize) will be announced March 8.  I always find a lot of great reads from this list, like last year’s winner, The Power. The Prize considers novels written by women in English, published in the UK between April 1 2017 and March 31 2018.

Here are books I read in the last year that could be on the list, roughly in order of preference.  Major caveat: I’m not sure when these books were published in the UK, so some might not be eligible.

  • Home Fire
  • Behold the Dreamers
  • Little Fires Everywhere
  • Anything is Possible
  • The Hate U Give
  • Pachinko
  • The Leavers
  • Homegoing
  • The Long Drop
  • Birdcage Walk
  • Goodbye Vitamin
  • Sing, Unburied, Sing
  • Manhattan Beach

Obviously there are plenty of award-worthy books I haven’t read, these are just the ones I like.  I think Little Fires and Home Fire are very likely, and Birdcage Walk because it’s Helen Dunmore’s last book.  I’m also assuming some British bias, which is fair since it’s their prize.

I don’t know if The Hate U Give will be on the longlist — as a YA book it doesn’t seem like the books that typically get nominated, but I thought it was excellent.  I didn’t love Manhattan Beach, but based on the critics’ reviews, I do think it will be on the longlist.  And I forgot Pachinko, which I finished recently and thought it should be a nominee.

Looking for more predictions?  For a good list of predictions see A Little Blog of Books.

Which of these books did you like or dislike? What do you think will be on the list?

UPDATE: The list was announced and here it is.  I’ve only read three of them, and by far my favorite was Home Fire.  Which ones do you recommend?

H(A)PPY by Nicola Barker
The Idiot by Elif Batuman
Three Things About Elsie by Joanna Cannon
Miss Burma by Charmaine Craig
Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan
The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gowar
Sight by Jessie Greengrass
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
When I Hit You: Or, A Portrait of the Writer as a Young Wife by Meena Kandasamy
Elmet by Fiona Mozley
The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy
See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt
A Boy in Winter by Rachel Seiffert
Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie
The Trick to Time by Kit de Waal
Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

  4 comments for “What will be on the Women’s Prize for Fiction longlist?

  1. March 5, 2018 at 9:41 am

    I’m curious about the longlist, too. I can’t make predictions because I usually don’t read new releases, but I always learn about some interesting books from this prize. The Power is still sitting on my TBR shelf. I really need to get to it.

    • March 6, 2018 at 10:19 pm

      The Power is so good, I hope you like it! Most years I haven’t read much from the Bailey’s list, but this year I feel like I may have read a few of them

  2. Col
    March 6, 2018 at 4:01 pm

    Of the books on your list I read, and loved Home Fire and Anything Is Possible. The books not there that I’d expect are Ali Smith’s ‘Winter’ and Sarah Winman’s ‘Tin Man’, both of which I loved.

    • March 6, 2018 at 10:21 pm

      Thanks for the comment, I haven’t read those two. I’ve struggled with Ali Smith in the past though. I’ll take a look at those two books.

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