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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).

 

  • Girl, Woman, Other

  • ***WINNER OF THE BOOKER PRIZE 2019***

    SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER

    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 . . .

    'Masterful . . . A choral love song to black womanhood in modern Great Britain' Elle

    'Exceptional. Ambitious, flowing and all-encompassing, an offbeat narrative that'll leave your mind in an invigorated whirl... [It] unites poetry, social history, women's voices and beyond. You have to order it right now' Stylist

    '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

    'Sparkling, inventive' Sunday Times

    'Funny, sad, tender and true, deserves to win awards' Red

    'Brims with vitality' Financial Times

    SHORTLISTED FOR THE GORDON BURN PRIZE 2019

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Actress is the eagerly-awaited new release from Booker-prize winning author Anne Enright. Brilliantly capturing the glamour of post-war America and the shabbiness of 1970s Dublin, it's an intensely moving, disturbing novel about mothers and daughters and the men in their lives.  It’s been described as ‘a perfect jewel of a book’ (Spectator) and ‘an immersive, masterful novel’ (Red Magazine).

 

  • Actress

  • *LONGLISTED FOR THE WOMEN'S PRIZE 2020*

    From the Booker-winning Irish author, a brilliant and moving novel about fame, sexual power, and a daughter’s search to understand her mother’s hidden truths.

    This is the story of Irish theatre legend Katherine O’Dell, as told by her daughter Norah. It tells of early stardom in Hollywood, of highs and lows on the stages of Dublin and London’s West End. Katherine’s life is a grand performance, with young Norah watching from the wings.

    But this romance between mother and daughter cannot survive Katherine’s past, or the world’s damage. As Norah uncovers her mother’s secrets, she acquires a few of her own. Then, fame turns to infamy when Katherine decides to commit a bizarre crime.

    Actress is about a daughter’s search for the truth: the dark secret in the bright star, and what drove Katherine finally mad.

    Brilliantly capturing the glamour of post-war America and the shabbiness of 1970s Dublin, Actress is an intensely moving, disturbing novel about mothers and daughters and the men in their lives. A scintillating examination of the corrosive nature of celebrity, it is also a sad and triumphant tale of freedom from bad love, and from the avid gaze of the crowd.

    **A SUNDAY TIMES BOOK TO WATCH OUT FOR IN 2020**

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Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line is the debut novel from Deepa Anappara, an award-winning journalist known for her work on the impact of poverty and religious violence on the education of children. The book follows nine-year old Jai, who, together with two of his friends, uses the crime-solving skills he has picked up from reality cop shows to try to find a boy at school who has gone missing. Ian McEwan calls it ‘a brilliant debut’, while The Observer lauds Deepa’s creation of ‘an endearing and highly engaging narrator to navigate us through the dark underbelly of modern India’.

 

  • Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line

  • ‘Anappara creates an endearing and highly engaging narrator to navigate us through the dark underbelly of modern India’ Observer

    We children are not just stories. We live. Come and see.

    Nine-year-old Jai watches too many reality cop shows, thinks he’s smarter than his friend Pari (even though she always gets top marks) and considers himself to be a better boss than Faiz (even though Faiz is the one with a job).

    When a boy at school goes missing, Jai decides to use the crime-solving skills he has picked up from episodes of Police Patrol to find him. With Pari and Faiz by his side, Jai ventures into some of the most dangerous parts of the sprawling Indian city; the bazaar at night, and even the railway station at the end of the Purple Line. But kids continue to vanish, and the trio must confront terrified parents, an indifferent police force and soul-snatching djinns in order to uncover the truth.

    ‘A heartrending tale’ The Times


    ‘A drama of childhood that is as wild as it is intimate’ Chigozie Obioma, Booker Prize shortlisted author of An Orchestra of Minorities

    ‘Extraordinarily good, deeply moving and thought provoking with brilliant characterisation. A very important book’ Harriet Tyce, bestselling author of Blood Orange

    ‘Extraordinary... moving and unpredictable... remarkable’ Washington Post

    **One of the Observer’s 10 best debut novelists of 2020**

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The shortlist for the 2020 Women’s Prize for Fiction will be announced on 22nd April, with the winner crowned at a ceremony on 3rd June. For the full longlist and more details about this year's award, visit the Women's Prize for Fiction website.

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