Anna Burns and Sally Rooney longlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction
Irish writers Anna Burns and Sally Rooney longlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction. Anna Burns is longlisted for her novel Booker Prize winning novel, Milkman, while Sally Rooney is longlisted for her Costa Award winning novel, Normal People.
Chaired by Professor Kate Williams author, historian and Professor of History, the 2019 judging panel whittled down 163 entries to a brilliant longlist of sixteen.
‘The discussion amongst the judges was passionate and there were some really tough choices to make’, commented Professor Kate Williams, Chair of Judges. ‘I am thrilled to share this longlist – sixteen incredible books by a diverse group of women, from the UK and countries across the world, all brilliant stories that sweep you into another world. Each of them have been a privilege to read, and they have taken us into places a million miles from each other, exploring the lives of women and men in so many different but utterly compelling ways.’
This year’s sixteen longlisted books span both new and well-established writers and a range of genres, including seven debut novels.
The 2019 longlist is:
The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker
Remembered by Yvonne Battle-Felton
My Sister, the Serial Killer Oyinkan Braithwaite
The Pisces Melissa Broder
Milkman Anna Burns
Freshwater Akwaeke Emezi
Ordinary People Diana Evans
Swan Song Kelleigh Greenberg-Jephcott
An American Marriage Tayari Jones
Number One Chinese Restaurant Lillian Li
Bottled Goods Sophie van Llewyn
Lost Children Archive Valeria Luiselli
Praise Song for the Butterflies Bernice L. McFadden
Circe Madeline Miller
Ghost Wall Sarah Moss
Normal People by Sally Rooney
About Milkman by Anna Burns:
‘Milkman is extraordinary. I’ve been reading passages aloud for the pleasure of hearing it. It’s frightening, hilarious, wily and joyous all at the same time.’ – Lisa McInerney, author of The Glorious Heresies
In this unnamed city, to be interesting is dangerous. Middle sister, our protagonist, is busy attempting to keep her mother from discovering her maybe-boyfriend and to keep everyone in the dark about her encounter with Milkman. But when first brother-in-law sniffs out her struggle, and rumours start to swell, middle sister becomes ‘interesting’. The last thing she ever wanted to be. To be interesting is to be noticed and to be noticed is dangerous.
Milkman is a tale of gossip and hearsay, silence and deliberate deafness. It is the story of inaction with enormous consequences.
Order your copy online here.
About Normal People by Sally Rooney:
Connell and Marianne grow up in the same small town in rural Ireland. The similarities end there; they are from very different worlds. When they both earn places at Trinity College in Dublin, a connection that has grown between them lasts long into the following years.
This is an exquisite love story about how a person can change another person’s life – a simple yet profound realisation that unfolds beautifully over the course of the novel. It tells us how difficult it is to talk about how we feel and it tells us – blazingly – about cycles of domination, legitimacy and privilege. Alternating menace with overwhelming tenderness, Sally Rooney’s second novel breathes fiction with new life.
WINNER OF THE COSTA NOVEL AWARD 2018
LONGLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2018
Order your copy online here.