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Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction

2020 Winner: "Hamnet"

Congratulations to Maggie O'Farrell who has won the 2020 Women's Prize for Fiction for her book, Hamnet.

From the publisher, Penguin Random House:

England, 1580: The Black Death creeps across the land, an ever-present threat, infecting the healthy, the sick, the old and the young, alike. The end of days is near, but life always goes on.

A young Latin tutor—penniless and bullied by a violent father—falls in love with an extraordinary, eccentric young woman. Agnes is a wild creature who walks her family's land with a falcon on her glove and is known throughout the countryside for her unusual gifts as a healer, understanding plants and potions better than she does people. Once she settles with her husband on Henley Street in Stratford-upon-Avon she becomes a fiercely protective mother and a steadfast, centrifugal force in the life of her young husband, whose career on the London stage is taking off when his beloved young son succumbs to sudden fever.

A luminous portrait of a marriage, a shattering evocation of a family ravaged by grief and loss, and a tender and unforgettable re-imagining of a boy whose life has been all but forgotten, and whose name was given to one of the most celebrated plays of all time, Hamnet is mesmerizing, seductive, impossible to put down.

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Women's Prize for Fiction
2020 Shortlist

The Women's Prize for Fiction celebrates excellence, originality and accessibility in writing by women from throughout the world.

The winner for this years the Women's Prize for fiction will be announced on September 9th.

Find out more about the Women's Prize for Fiction and the nominated titles at www.womensprizeforfiction.co.uk, or see below for copies available in our catalogue to borrow!

Dominicana
by Angie Cruz
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Girl, Woman, Other
by Bernardine Evaristo
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A Thousand Ships
by Natalie Haynes
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The Mirror and the Light
by Hilary Mantel
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Hamnet
by Maggie O' Farrell
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Weather
by Jenny Offill
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Women's Prize for Fiction
2020 Longlist

Below are all titles from the longlist that were nominated for the 2020 Women's Prize for Fiction.

Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line
by Deepa Anappara
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Fleishman is in Trouble
by Taffy Brodesser-Akner
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Queenie
by Candice Carty-Williams
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Dominicana
by Angie Cruz
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Actress
by Anne Enright
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Girl, Woman, Other
by Bernardine Evaristo
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Nightingale Point
by Luan Goldie
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A Thousand Ships
by Natalie Haynes
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How We Disappeared
by Jing-Jing Lee
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The Most Fun We Ever Had
by Claire Lombardo
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The Mirror and the Light
by Hilary Mantel
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Girl
by Edna O' Brien
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Hamnet
by Maggie O' Farrell
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Weather
by Jenny Offill
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The Dutch House
by Ann Patchett
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Red at the Bone
by Jacqueline Woodson
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