My Women’s Prize for Fiction 2024 Wish List

Women's Prize for Fiction 2024 logoIt’s Women’s Prize for Fiction longlist time again. Tuesday, 5th March is the date to add your diary should you be as keen on this particular prize as I am. Only novels written by women in English published between April 1st 2023 and March 31st 2024 qualify. I’m not in the business of predictions – the judges and I rarely agree – but truth be told I’d much prefer to indulge myself with my fantasy list than speculate as to what they might think. 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 2024 Women’s Prize for Fiction, all with links to my reviews.

Cover image for Western Lance by Chetna MarooCover image for Falling Animals by Sheila ArmstrongCover image for Okay Days by Jenny Mustard

Western Lane                           Falling Animals                   Okay Days

Cover image for Lucky Red by Claudia CravensCover image for Tom Lake by Ann PatchettCover image for Land of Milk and Honey by C Pam Zhang

Lucky Red                                    Tom Lake                               Land of Milk and Honey

Cover image for Bird Life by Anna SmailCover image for Hled by Anne MichaelsCover image for Parasol Against the Axe by Helen Oyeyemi

Bird Life                                Held                                        Parasol Against the Axe

Cover image for Leaving by Roxana RobinsonCover image for Clear by Carys DaviesCover image for Memory Piece by Lisa Ko

Leaving                                                     Clear                                 Memory Piece

Fewer candidates for me this year – several of my standout reads by women have been in translation and therefore not eligible – and, as usual, some of the novels above appear more in hope than expectation but I’d be delighted if any one of these twelve snags the judges’ attention. Fingers firmly crossed. Any titles that you’d love to see on the judges’ list?

Non-fiction fans may already know this year is the inaugural year for the Women’s Prize for Non-Fiction but just in case, the longlist for that has already been announced and it’s here. I already have a couple of these on my tbr list and no doubt will be adding more soon.

28 thoughts on “My Women’s Prize for Fiction 2024 Wish List”

      1. I hadn’t read any of your choices but then I saw the list yesterday and didn’t even recognise most of the titles. Perhaps I have been living under a rock.

  1. The only one of these I’ve read is Held but have both Clear and Tom Lake on my wishlist. Looking back at what I read that would qualify, I can only pick out The Unspeakable Acts of Zina Pavlou by Eleni Kyriacou.

  2. The WP has really snuck up on me this year. I kept a file of eligible reads through much of last year but then failed to add anything to it in these past few months. Seeing your post and Eric’s on social media makes me want to chip in, too! I’ll see if I can pull together predictions and/or a wish list before Tuesday. I think 2 of yours will overlap with my list…

  3. Nice choices Susan, Falling Animals would be a nice addition to the list. I’m keeping fingers crossed for Soldier Sailor by Claire Kilroy as I really thought she might make the Booker longlist…

  4. Ah, I’ve not yet read Memory Piece but it’s on my longlist wishlist because I loved The Leavers so much! I’d also like to see Tom Lake on the list, which I adored.

  5. I’d love to see Western Lane make the list. It must be on there! I also liked Lucky Red and Tom Lake all right. And I’d like to check out Leaving … and is Clear good??

    1. I thought Clear was sublime. Stunning writing. Fingers crossed for all of those although Lucky Red is more to give it another mention than with any hope it will be on the judges’ list,

  6. Fun to read your list and Rebecca’s list, and now I’m off to read because there are so many books untouched or unread. Sheesh! Looking forward to the announcement of course. Good luck with your wishes.

  7. Yes its great that there is this new category now, with some good writers. They all sound very interesting, especially the books by Cumming and Sinclair. I have read Laura Cumming’s previous book On Chapel Sands, which is really good

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