The Women’s Prize for Fiction Shadow Panel Winner

For the second time in four years, our shadow panel winner is a book that didn’t make the official shortlist. Elmet is a superb novel about outsiders looking at class, power, violence, gender and sexuality. I hope, considering the number of prizes the book has now been listed for, it has a wide readership.

The shadow panel discussions this year were the most intense we’ve ever had. There were some very strong feelings about some of the books and we had quite a discussion about what constitutes fiction.

The book that came a close second for us was Jesmyn Ward’s Sing, Unburied, Sing which shares some similarities with Elmet in terms of its themes but is also a book about race and time and how the America of today can’t be disconnected from its history. Again, I hope it has a wide readership.

The official winner of The Women’s Prize for Fiction is announced tonight. There’s coverage on The Women’s Prize’s social media channels from 6.45pm.

3 thoughts on “The Women’s Prize for Fiction Shadow Panel Winner

    • Interesting. I’ve already broken rank on Twitter so my personal winner would be When I Hit You, which didn’t make our shadow panel shortlist…

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      • I thought that was brilliant as well. I think this is one of the strongest Women’s Prize shortlists I can remember. Would be happy with any of them winning except The Idiot (and I still enjoyed The Idiot).

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