It’s here. After weeks of reading, tons of post-it notes and a smokin’ WhatsApp group busy with thoughts flying back and forth we proudly present our 2021 Women’s Prize episode. We’re joined by returning podcast guests Elizabeth Morris and Sarah Oliver to review all six shortlisted titles. You’re in safe book club hands so expect the full range of opinions, find out what we loved, and what we didn’t, but we’ve also worked hard to keep the spoilers away so you can enjoy the show and still enjoy the books.
How do you feel about the Women’s Prize? Does it feel relevant to you? We look back into how the Women’s Prize got started and consider the current literary landscape. Which books on the shortlist are your favourites? Listen in and see if you agree with us as we attempt to pick a winner.
Unsettled Ground by Claire Fuller
The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett
Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi
How the One Armed Sister Sweeps Her House by Cherie Jones
Piranesi by Susanna Clarke
No-One is Talking About This by Patricia Lockwood
Listen via our media player above or your own podcast app here.
Find out everything you need to know about The Women’s Prize on their website, including links to their excellent events programme and podcast.
Don’t miss Crib Notes, the newsletter by Elizabeth Morris for new and busy mothers – an essential monthly run-down of the very best books from the practical to the poetic. She includes just the right information about each, and offers different suggestions according to whether you want something to sink into, or you only have time to scroll.
If you enjoyed this show, why not try our Booker Prize episode.
And for more from Elizabeth, we interviewed her in episode 64. Listen in for some fantastic book recommendations – for all readers, not only mums – and some great practical tips for how to fit in reading when all you have are stolen moments.
Over to you
Comment below and let us know your favourites from the shortlist. Which book do you think should win? Also we’d love to hear about any favourite past-winners for an additional show we’re putting together for when the prize is announced. Let us know and be a part of it.
List of Previous Women’s Prizewinners
1996, Helen Dunmore, A Spell of Winter
1997, Anne Michaels, Fugitive Pieces
1998, Carol Shields, Larry’s Party
1999, Suzanne Berne, A Crime in the Neighborhood
2000, Linda Grant, When I Lived in Modern Times
2001, Kate Grenville, The Idea of Perfection
2002, Ann Patchett, Bel Canto
2003, Valerie Martin, Property
2004, Andrea Levy, Small Island
2005, Lionel Shriver, We Need to Talk About Kevin
2006, Zadie Smith, On Beauty
2007, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Half of a Yellow Sun
2008, Rose Tremain, The Road Home
2009, Marilynne Robinson, Home
2010, Barbara Kingsolver, The Lacuna
2011, Téa Obreht, The Tiger’s Wife
2012, Madeline Miller, The Song of Achilles
2013, A. M. Homes, May We Be Forgiven
2014, Eimear McBride, A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing
2015, Ali Smith, How to Be Both
2016, Lisa McInerney, The Glorious Heresies
2017, Naomi Alderman, The Power
2018, Kamila Shamsie, Home Fire
2019, Tayari Jones, An American Marriage
2020, Maggie O’Farrell, Hamnet