Women’s Prize For Fiction | 2020 Longlist Predictions

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Hi Readers! It’s that time of year again…

The Women’s Prize for Fiction is my favourite book prize. I love that it celebrates female voices and that it’s selection of longlisted books are always so diverse and exciting.

For the past few years I’ve been trying to predict what might appear on the upcoming longlist. I’ve never been close to accurate and they’ve always been able to find books I’ve never even heard of before. But it’s a fun reason to look at and check out recent releases by female authors so I’m excited to do it again.

The official longlist is being announced on March 3rd and when it does I will for sure be attempting to read all of the books on it.

For my predictions I’m going to put them into three categories:

  • Almost Definitely
  • Most Likely
  • Eligible But Less Likely

I’ve also mostly gone for books that I have read but there are a few I just have a feeling about.

Alright, let the fun begin!

*Underlined books are links to full reviews

Almost Definitely

Now I don’t want to be presumptive. But I will be shocked if these books weren’t on the longlist.

Girl, Women, Other by Bernadine Everisto
Co-Winner of the booker prize and an amazing read covering a diverse and large range of women.

The Testaments by Margaret Atwood
The other co-winner of the booker prize. I liked this one less but can’t see this not making the longlist.

The Dutch House by Ann Pratchett
Patchett has been longlistee, shortlistee and winner of this prize before. This was the first book of hers that I’ve read and I kind of fell in love with her. It’s a story about a house, family and forgiveness and I just can’t see this book not making the longlist.

Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams

I think this book has what it takes to possible.. maybe even.. win it?

My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell
I really hope the recent controversy of this book won’t dampen it’s chances. It’s a beautifully written dark tale about the relationship between a 15 year old student and her teacher and I just thought it was done remarkebly well.

The Mirror and the Light by Hilary Mantel
This is the third and final book in the Thomas Cromwell trilogy which has been critically acclaimed since the release of the first book Wolf Hall in 2009. It’s being released tomorrow and there weren’t many proof copies so I don’t know what peoples thoughts of it are yet. But both of the previous books were shortlisted for this prize so it seems likely this one could as well.

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Most Likely

These books are eligible and I think completely worthy to be on the longlist. It’s just whether the judges think the same I’m not sure about.

Frankissstein by Jeanette Winterson
Another Booker prize longlisted book. This is a kind of modern retelling of Frankinstein whilst also being a historical fiction of how Mary Shelley came to write it.

The Doll Factory by Elizabeth Macneal
I’ve seen people saying it will either be this book or The Confessions of Connie Langton (which I haven’t read). I loved the new perspetive this gave of Victorian london and the increasingly eerie atmosphere.

Long Bright River by Liz Moore
I feel like they always like to have a thriller on the list and I think this ones very worthy of that spot. It’s about two sisters and addiction and murder. It’s very good.

A Thousand Ships by Natalie Haynes
I haven’t read this yet but I definitely will. It’s a feminist retelling of Greek mythology and I hope the fact that there was two of those on last years longlist won’t hinder the chances of this one.

Such A Fun Age by Kiley Reid
Another book I have yet to read (I’m on the waiting list for a library copy) but I’ve heard so much about this book that I reckon it’s in for a chance.

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Potentials

One of these is a book I’ve read that is eligible but I don’t think will make it. The others I haven’t read yet and don’t know that much about:

The Other Bennet Sister by Janice Hadlow
Actress by Anne Tyler
Adults by Emma Jane Unsworth
Strange Hotel by Eimer McBridge
The Farm by Joanne Ramos
The Mercies by Kiran Millwood Hargrave
Coming Up For Air Sarah Leipciger
The Bass Rock by Evie Wyld
Red At the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson
Ducks, Newburyport by Lucy Ellmann

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Overall here I talk about 21 books… which is five books more than the number normally chosen for the longlist. Could I possibly have the entire longlist right here three days early? Probably not, haha!

What book do you think deserves to be on this longlist?

Thanks for reading,
Jess X


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