The winner of the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2020 will be announced this evening! This is a short summary post. My round-up of the whole longlist can be found here.
The book I want to win
The book I think will win
(though I’m 50/50 with Girl, Woman, Other, this is who I’d bet on if I was asked to bet).
The book I least want to win
My overall ranking of the shortlist, with links to my reviews
- The Mirror and the Light by Hilary Mantel
- Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo
- Weather by Jenny Offill
- Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell
- Dominicana by Angie Cruz
- A Thousand Ships by Natalie Haynes
Who do you think will win the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2020? And who do you want to win?
Update: And the winner is…
Called it! I predicted this result because:
- The Mirror and The Light is probably going to win the Booker, and Girl, Woman, Other has already won the Booker, so the Women’s Prize want a book they can call their own, especially after Hamnet didn’t make the Booker longlist.
- I didn’t see any of the other three books on the shortlist as plausible options, even though I personally liked Weather a lot more than this one.
- Hamnet is timely (plague!) and allows the Women’s Prize to make up for having unfairly neglected Maggie O’Farrell all these years.
My feelings: chuffed that I guessed right, sad that O’Farrell has won for what I think is one of the weakest of her novels, pleased that she has been recognised as she’s generally a writer I rate, and baffled that (even given the political considerations above) that anyone could think this is better than The Mirror and the Light.