WOMEN's prize for fiction 2019

The longlist was announced on 4 March and below you can find the titles that have been nominated.  We are busy working our way through them to decide our favourites for the shortlist that will be announced at the end of April.  If you have read any of these titles then let us know by leaving a review and rating the books.  

Key Dates

Longlist: 4 March 2019               Shortlist: 29 April 2019               Winner: 5 June 2019


An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

Following their marriage Celestial and Roy are the embodiment of the American Dream. He is a young executive, and she is an artist on the brink of an exciting career. Until one day they are ripped apart by circumstances neither could have imagined. Roy is arrested and sentenced to twelve years for a crime Celestial knows he didn’t commit. Devastated and unmoored, Celestial finds herself struggling to hold on to the love that has been her centre, taking comfort in Andre, their closest friend. When Roy’s conviction is suddenly overturned, he returns home ready to resume their life together.

Professor Kate Williams, Chair of Judges, said: 

“This is an exquisitely intimate portrait of a marriage shattered by racial injustice. It is a story of love, loss and loyalty, the resilience of the human spirit painted on a big political canvas – that shines a light on today’s America. We all loved this brilliant book.”