Women’s Prize Shortlist Predictions

This year's Women's Prize for Fiction longlist boasts a range of fantastic novels which cover issues from poverty and working class life, to abuse and domestic violence - ranging from the personal to the social and political. Many of these novels interrogate ideologies and force us to question our perspectives. The styles differ widely and … Continue reading Women’s Prize Shortlist Predictions

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Review: Elmet

Fiona Mozley's debut novel has made waves in the book world, first shortlisted for the Booker Prize and now on the Women's Prize longlist. The novel is a reimagining of Wuthering Heights as a contemporary rural noir. Our narrator is the young Danny, who lacks agency and largely relates the actions of his intimidating father … Continue reading Review: Elmet

Review: When I Hit You; or a Portrait of the Writer as a Wife

We all know what it feels like to be young and headstrong when in love or heartbroken from love. But for most of us this doesn't result in an abusive marriage, domestic violence and rape. For Meena Kandasamy's unnamed first person narrator however, her misguided intellectual engagement with a university professor results in a marriage … Continue reading Review: When I Hit You; or a Portrait of the Writer as a Wife

Review: The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock

Imogen Hermes-Gower's debut was scooped up after a ten-way bidding war and now the novel has been longlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction. A work of historical fiction, Hermes-Gower captures Georgian London in a lyrical prose which creates a vivid narrative. Exploring the lives and exploits of merchant Jonah Hancock and courtesan Angelica Neal, … Continue reading Review: The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock