Women’s Prize for Fiction longlist features Pat Barker, Diana Evans & Kelleigh Greenberg-Jephcott

Our three longlisted writers’ works span the mythical to the everyday: from a retelling of a classic Greek myth, to an intimate look at the everyday lives of two London couples, and the tragic story of the women in Truman Capote’s elite circle.

Pat Barker's The Silence of the Girls, Diana Evans' Ordinary People and Kelleigh Greenberg-Jephcott's Swan Song

Three writers from the Penguin Random House UK family of authors have been longlisted for this year’s Women’s Prize for Fiction; the UK’s most prestigious annual book award celebrating and honouring women’s fiction. 

Much-loved Hamish Hamilton author Pat Barker makes the longlist with latest book The Silence of the Girls - a retelling of the classic Greek myth of Achilles retold by the witness that time forgot: Briseis, a queen until her city was destroyed and she was enslaved by Achilles, the man who butchered her husband and brothers. Also shortlisted for the recent Costa Book Awards, The Silence of the Girls was described by The Guardian as ‘Mak[ing] you reflect on the cultural underpinnings of misogyny, the women throughout history who have been told by men to forget their trauma... You are in the hands of a writer at the height of her powers.’ 

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