Diana Evans and Oyinkan Braithwaite are the only Nigerian authors whose books have been shortlisted for the 2019 Women’s Prize for Fiction

This year’s Women’s Prize for Fiction shortlist was announced Sunday evening, and out of six books My Sister, the Serial Killer (Oyinkan Braithwaite) and Ordinary People (Diana Evans) made the selection. Of course, this is good news. The longlist had included Akwaeke Emezi’s autobiographical debut Freshwater, but we are buzzing that we still have representation in one of the leading literary awards for women.

The six shortlisted titles/Women’s Prize for Fiction (Twitter).

My Sister, the Serial Killer is Braithwaite’s debut novel, a satirical crime thriller that received glowing reviews. Evans, who is half British, has written two previous novels before Ordinary People.

It’s a fantastic shortlist; exciting, vibrant, adventurous. We fell totally in love with these books and the amazing worlds they created. These books are fiction at its best – brilliant, courageous and utterly captivating.” Chair of the judges professor Kate Williams said.

Other shortlisted titled include The Silence of the Girls (Pat Barker), Milkman (Anna Burns), An American Marriage (Tayari Jones) and Circe (Madeline Miller). The winner of the £30,000 prize, which is presented annually to the best novel written in English by a woman, will be announced on 5 June, 2019.

 

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