Women's Prize for Fiction

Launched in 1996, the prize celebrates excellence, originality and accessibility in women's writing from throughout the world. The winner will receive a cheque for £30,000 and a limited edition bronze figurine known as a 'Bessie', created and donated by the artist Grizel Niven. Both are anonymously endowed.

 

2012 selection

The Song of Achilles

Women's Prize for Fiction 2012

by Madeline Miller

“At once a scholar’s homage to The Iliad and startlingly original work of art by an incredibly talented new novelist….A book I could not put down.”

—Ann Patchett

“Mary Renault lives again!” declares...


2010 selection

The Lacuna

Women's Prize for Fiction 2010

by Barbara Kingsolver

In The Lacuna, her first novel in nine years, Barbara Kingsolver, the acclaimed New York Times bestselling author of The Poisonwood Bible and Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life, tells the story...


2009 selection

Home

Women's Prize for Fiction 2009, Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction 2008

by Marilynne Robinson

Hundreds of thousands were enthralled by the luminous voice of John Ames in Gilead, Marilynne Robinson's Pulitzer Prize–winning novel. Home is an entirely independent, deeply affecting novel that takes place...


2005 selection

We Need to Talk About Kevin

Women's Prize for Fiction 2005

by Lionel Shriver

That neither nature nor nurture bears exclusive responsibility for a child's character is self-evident. But generalizations about genes are likely to provide cold comfort if it's your own child who just opened...


2004 selection

Small Island

Women's Prize for Fiction 2004, Whitbread Book Award for Novel 2004

by Andrea Levy

Winner of the 2004 Orange Prize for Fiction

A Picador Original Trade Paperback

Hortense Joseph arrives in London from Jamaica in 1948 with her life in her suitcase, her heart broken, her resolve intact. Her husband,...


2002 selection

Bel Canto

PEN/Faulkner Award 2002, Women's Prize for Fiction 2002

by Ann Patchett

Now a major motion picture starring Julianne Moore and Ken Watanabe.

New York Times Bestseller

Ann Pratchett’s award winning, bestselling novel that balances themes of love and crisis as disparate characters...