Three Penguin books have been named on the longlist for this year’s Women’s Prize for Fiction, the UK’s most prestigious annual book award celebrating women’s fiction: Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo, Actress by Anne Enright, and Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line by Deepa Anappara.
Bernardine Evaristo’s bestselling Girl, Woman, Other was named as one of the two winners of last year’s Booker Prize, alongside The Testaments by Margaret Atwood. The story follows a cast of twelve characters on their personal journeys through this country and the last hundred years, and has been described as ‘beautifully interwoven stories of identity, race, womanhood, and the realities of modern Britain’ (Nicola Sturgeon).
BRITISH BOOK AWARDS AUTHOR & FICTION BOOK OF THE YEAR 2020
'The most absorbing book I read all year.' Roxane Gay
This is Britain as you've never read it.
This is Britain as it has never been told.
From Newcastle to Cornwall, from the birth of the twentieth century to the teens of the twenty-first, Girl, Woman, Other follows a cast of twelve characters on their personal journeys through this country and the last hundred years. They're each looking for something - a shared past, an unexpected future, a place to call home, somewhere to fit in, a lover, a missed mother, a lost father, even just a touch of hope . . .
'[Bernardine Evaristo] is one of the very best that we have' Nikesh Shukla on Twitter
'A choral love song to black womanhood in modern Great Britain' Elle
'Beautifully interwoven stories of identity, race, womanhood, and the realities of modern Britain. The characters are so vivid, the writing is beautiful and it brims with humanity' Nicola Sturgeon on Twitter
'Bernardine Evaristo can take any story from any time and turn it into something vibrating with life' Ali Smith, author of How to be both
'Exceptional. You have to order it right now' Stylist
'Sparkling, inventive' Sunday Times