Women's Prize for Fiction longlist announced

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The Women’s Prize for Fiction — formerly the Orange Prize before the telephone corporation withdrew its funding — has announced its 20 contenders out of 140 submissions. The wide-ranging longlist of female authors includes literary heavyweights like Zadie Smith and Barbara Kingsolver as well as newcomers Shani Boianjiu and Francesca Segal. It includes Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel, which EW named the best novel of 2012, as well as Sheila Heti’s How Should a Person Be?, which EW named one of the worst. See the full list below:

Kitty Aldridge, A Trick I Learned From Dead Men
Kate Atkinson, Life After Life
Ros Barber, The Marlowe Papers
Shani Boianjiu, The People of Forever are Not Afraid
Gillian Flynn, Gone Girl
Sheila Heti, How Should A Person Be?
AM Homes, May We Be Forgiven
Barbara Kingsolver, Flight Behavior
Deborah Copaken Kogan, The Red Book
Hilary Mantel, Bring Up the Bodies
Bonnie Nadzam, Lamb
Emily Perkins, The Forrests
Michèle Roberts, Ignorance
Francesca Segal, The Innocents
Maria Semple, Where’d You Go, Bernadette
Elif Shafak, Honor
Zadie Smith, NW
ML Stedman, The Light Between Oceans
Carrie Tiffany, Mateship with Birds
G Willow Wilson, Alif the Unseen

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