Women’s Prize for Fiction – The Shortlist
Bring Up the Bodies, by Hilary Mantel
Flight Behaviour, by Barbara Kingsolver
Where’d You Go, Bernadette, by Maria Semple
Life After Life, by Kate Atkinson
May We Be Forgiven, by A M Homes
NW, by Zadie Smith
The award – created after frustration at an all-male Booker shortlist in 1991 – had been known as the Orange since it was first awarded, to Helen Dunmore, in 1996. Other winners have included Linda Grant, Ann Patchett, Andrea Levy and Marilynne Robinson. When Orange pulled out last year a number of people, including Cherie Blair and Joanna Trollope, stepped in with personal donations to sustain the prize while a new sponsor is found.
The list has been whittled down from 140 submissions and the overall winner will be announced at the Royal Festival Hall on 5 June.