It only seems a blink of an eye since the announcement of the last Women’s Prize for Fiction longlist, or at least that’s how it feels to me. Nevertheless, it is that time again and Tuesday, 8th March is the date to add your diary should you be as keen as I am on this particular prize. Only novels written by women in English published between April 1st, 2021 and March 31st, 2022 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 wishlist for the 2022 Women’s Prize for Fiction, all with links to my reviews.
As usual, several of the novels above appear more in hope than expectation but I’d be delighted if any one of these 15 snags the judges’ attention and I’m pretty sure at least three or four will this time. Fingers firmly crossed. Any titles that you’d love to see on the judges’ list?
If you’d like to see another take on what’s wished for along with some predictions, Rebecca at Boookish Beck has posted her list here.