My Wishlist for the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2021

Women's Prize for Fiction (2021) Logo Hard as it may seem to credit, it’s already nearly time for the announcement of The Women’s Prize for Fiction longlist: Wednesday, 10th March is the date to add to your jam-packed diary. Only novels written by women in English published between April 1st 2020 and March 31st 2021 qualify. Over the past few years I’ve failed miserably in predicting what took the judges’ fancy but truth be told I’d much prefer to indulge myself with a fantasy list than speculate as to what they might think. What follows, then, is entirely subjective, wishes rather than predictions. I’ve followed the same format as previous years, limiting myself to novels that I’ve read. So, in no particular order here’s my wish list for the 2021 Women’s Prize for Fiction, all with links to my reviews.


Cover image for The Liar's Dictionary by Eley Williams Cover image for The Harpy by Megan Hunter Cover image for How Much of These Hills is Gold by C Pam Zhang

The Liar’s Dictionary                    The Harpy                   How Much of These Hills is Gold

Cover image for Monogamy by Sue Miller Cover image for Exciting Times by Naoise Dolan Cover image for Luckenbooth by Jenni Fagan

Monogamy                                 Exciting Times                     Luckenbooth

Cover image for Asylum Road by Olivia Sudjic Cover for Mrs Death Misses Death by Salena Godden Cover image for Consent by Annabel Lyon

Asylum Road                        Mrs Death Misses Death                Consent

Cover image for Nightshift by Kiare Ladner Cover image Cover image for A Net for Amall Fishes by Lucy Jago

Nightshift                                       Scabby Queen                   A Net for Small Fishes         

Cover image for Silence is a Sense by Layla AlAmmar Cover image for Harvest by Georgina Harding Cover image for His Only Wife by Peace Adzo Medie

Silence is a Sense                               Harvest                         His Only Wife

As usual, several of the novels above appear more in hope than expectation but I’d be delighted if any one of these fifteen snags the judges’ attention. Fingers firmly crossed. Any titles that you’d love to see on the judges’ list?

If you’d like to see another blogger’s list, Bookish Beck’s is here. She’s more in the business of predictions than me.

26 thoughts on “My Wishlist for the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2021”

  1. Sad to say, I’ve read absolutely none of these wonderful books, although I’m familiar with several through blogs (thanks for some great reviews BTW) and commercial sources (I will say that several are physically present on my shelf or my TBR). I was pleased to see you include Sue Miller, a fine novelist who doesn’t seem (IMO at least) to get quite the attention she deserves these days.

  2. I haven’t read any of these, although they all sound like reasonable suggestions. I have How Much of These Hills is Gold in my TBR so it would be wonderful if that made the list because it might encourage me to get round to reading it.

  3. I am always interested in the Women’s Prize, but haven’t read any of those you have highlighted. Several of them have been on my radar though. I look forward to the long list.

  4. Thanks for the link, Susan! We overlapped on three of our choices. I very nearly picked the Zhang, but selected a different Western instead (Outlawed by Anna North). Although I loved Monogamy, I somehow felt that it was too conventional for the WP list. I just picked up a copy of A Net for Small Fishes from the library today and will start it tonight.

    We shall see next week…

  5. Many of these are on my reading list because of your reviews, so it looks like a good list to me! And I’m happy to see Consent there. Monogamy as well, since I’m soon going to be reading it!

  6. It must be such fun to have company on a project like this, to see how your guesses match and diverge!

Leave a comment ...

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.