The Women’s Prize Project

How long until I have read all the books that have been shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction? (The winner of each year is listed first.)


  1. The Power, Naomi Alderman
  2. Stay with Me, Ayobami Adebayo
  3. The Dark Circle, Linda Grant
  4. The Sport of Kings, C.E. Morgan
  5. First Love, Gwendoline Riley
  6. Do Not Say We Have Nothing, Madeleine Thien


  1. The Glorious Heresies, Lisa McInerney
  2. The Green Road, Anne Enright (read 3/17)
  3. A Little Life, Hanya Yanagihara
  4. The Portable Veblen, Elizabeth McKenzie (read 8/16)
  5. Ruby, Cynthia Bond
  6. The Improbability of Love, Hannah Rothschild


  1. How to Be Both, Ali Smith
  2. Outline, Rachel Cusk
  3. The Bees, Laline Paull
  4. A God in Every Stone, Kamila Shamsie
  5. A Spool of Blue Thread, Anne Tyler (DNF)
  6. The Paying Guests, Sarah Waters


  1. A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing, Eimear McBride
  2. The Goldfinch, Donna Tartt
  3. Burial Rites, Hannah Kent (read 3/14)
  4. The Lowland, Jhumpa Lahiri
  5. Americanah, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (read 4/14)
  6. The Undertaking, Audrey Magee (read 9/14)


  1. May We Be Forgiven, A.M. Homes
  2. Life After Life, Kate Atkinson
  3. Flight Behaviour, Barbara Kingsolver
  4. Bring Up the Bodies, Hilary Mantle
  5. Where’d You Go, Bernadette, Maria Semple
  6. NM, Zadie Smith


  1. The Song of Achilles, Madeline Miller (read 3/14)
  2. State of Wonder, Ann Patchett (read 2/15)
  3. Foreign Bodies, Cynthia Ozick
  4. Half Blood Blues, Esi Edugyan (read 6/14)
  5. Painter of Silence, Georgina Harding
  6. The Forgotten Waltz, Anne Enright (read 3/16)


  1. The Tiger’s Wife, Tea Obreht (read, but not reviewed)
  2. Great House, Nicole Krauss
  3. Annabel, Kathleen Winter (read 8/14)
  4. Grace Williams Says It Loud, Emma Henderson
  5. The Memory of Love, Aminatta Forna
  6. Room, Emma Donoghue (read 4/16)


  1. The Lacuna, Barbara Kingsolver
  2. The White Woman on the Green Bicycle, Monique Roffey
  3. A Gate at the Stairs, Lorrie Moore
  4. Wolf Hall, Hilary Mantle
  5. Black Water Rising, Attica Locke
  6. The Very Thought of You, Rosie Alison


  1. Home, Marilynne Robinson
  2. Burnt Shadows, Kamila Shamsie
  3. The Invention of Everything Else, Samantha Hunt
  4. The Wilderness, Samantha Harvey
  5. Scottsboro, Ellen Feldman
  6. Molly Fox’s Birthday, Deirdre Madden


  1. The Road Home, Rose Tremain
  2. Lottery, Patricia Wood
  3. Lullabies for Little Criminals, Heather O’Neill
  4. When We Were Bad, Charlotte Mendelson
  5. Fault Lines, Nancy Huston
  6. The Outcast, Sadie Jones


  1. Half of a Yellow Sun, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  2. Digging to America, Anne Tyler
  3. The Observations, Jane Harris
  4. A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers, Xiaolu Guo
  5. The Inheritance of Loss, Kiran Desai
  6. Arlington Park, Rachel Cusk


  1. On Beauty, Zadie Smith
  2. The Night Watch, Sarah Waters
  3. Everyman’s Rules for Scientific Living, Carrie Tiffany
  4. The Accidental, Ali Smith
  5. Beyond Black, Hilary Mantel
  6. The History of Love, Nicole Krauss (read, but not reviewed)


  1.  We Need to Talk About Kevin, Lionel Shriver
  2. A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian, Marina Lewycka
  3. Liars and Saints, Maile Meloy
  4. The Mammoth Cheese, Sheri Holman
  5. Old Filth, Jane Gardam
  6. Billie Morgan, Joolz Denby


  1. Small Island, Andrea Levy
  2. The Colour, Rose Tremain
  3. Ice Road, Gillian Slovo
  4. The Great Fire, Shirley Hazard
  5. Oryx and Crake, Margaret Atwood
  6. Purple Hibiscus, Chimanda Ngozi Adichie


  1. Property, Valerie Martin
  2. Buddha Da, Anne Donavan
  3. Heligoland, Shena Mackay
  4. The Little Friend, Donna Tartt
  5. The Autograph Man, Zadie Smith
  6. Unless, Carol Shields


  1. Bel Canto, Ann Patchett
  2. The White Family, Maggie Gee
  3. No Bones, Anna Burns
  4. The Siege, Helen Dunmore (read 9/14)
  5. Fingersmith, Sarah Waters
  6. A Child’s Book of True Crime, Chloe Hooper


  1. The Idea of Perfection, Kate Grenville
  2. Horse Heaven, Jane Smiley
  3. Hotel World, Ali Smith
  4. Fred & Edie, Jill Dawson
  5. The Blind Assassin, Margaret Atwood
  6. Homestead, Rosina Lippi


  1. When I Lived in Modern Times, Linda Grant
  2. Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, Rebecca Wells
  3. White Teeth, Zadie Smith
  4. The Dancers Dancing, Eílís ní Dhiubhne (read 3/15)
  5. Amy and Isabelle, Elizabeth Strout
  6. If I Told You Once, Judy Budnitz


  1. A Crime in the Neighborhood, Suzanne Berne
  2. The Leper’s Companion, Julia Blackburn
  3. Visible Worlds, Marilyn Bowering
  4. The Short History of a Prince, Jane Hamilton
  5. The Poisonwood Bible, Barbara Kingsolver
  6. Paradise, Toni Morrison


  1. Larry’s Party, Carol Shields
  2. Lives of the Monster Dogs, Kirsten Bakis
  3. The Ventriloquist’s Tale, Pauline Melville
  4. The Magician’s Assistant, Ann Patchett
  5. Love Like Hate Adore, Deirdre Purcell
  6. The Weight of Water, Anita Shreve


  1. Fugitive Pieces, Anne Michael
  2. Alias Grace, Margaret Atwood
  3. One by One in the Darkness, Deirdre Madden
  4. I Was Amelia Earhart, Jane Mendelsohn (read, but not reviewed)
  5. Accordion Crimes, Annie Proulx
  6. Hen’s Teeth, Manda Scott


  1. A Spell of Winter, Helen Dunmore
  2. The Book of Colour, Julia Blackburn
  3. Spinsters, Pagan Kennedy
  4. The Hundred Secret Senses, Amy Tan
  5. Ladder of Years, Anne Tyler
  6. Eveless Eden, Marianne Wiggins


  1. I have read all of the winners, but other than 2016 (when I first read the full long list) I have read 19 short list/non winners. I will read anything Adiche, Kingsolver, Patchett, and Zadie Smith write, so their back catalog is an easy get. It is interesting to see the overlap with the Booker Prize, as well as the folks who seem to be perennial nominees. Great TBR to work from, for sure!

  2. It turns out I have read 24 of these books, and it looks like they are all over the place as far as quality and subject matter is concerned. An interesting list.

  3. I also have several prize winning lists on my blog, although I’ve kept my personal challenge to read through the lists very, very casual. I view my lists as more of a prompt for those times when I wonder “what will I read now?”
    I’m hoping to tackle this years winner – A Girl is A Half-Formed Thing after Angela Carter week.
    Good luck with your challenge 🙂

    • The few books I’ve read so far have been pretty good, so I’m looking forward to reading more from this list. I’m a little intimidated by this year’s winner. I’ll just have to start reading, I guess.

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