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Hilary Mantel faces six newcomers in contest for women’s fiction prize

Hilary Mantel faces six newcomers in contest for women’s fiction prize | Books | The Guardian

Among the contenders for the leading prize for fiction written by women is a bestselling thriller and a how-to-live-your-life memoir so divisive it had some reviewers wanting to throw it across the room. Also in the running are novels by literary heavyweights Hilary Mantel, Zadie Smith and Barbara Kingsolver.

They are all longlisted for what was the Orange prize until the phone company withdrew last year to concentrate on cinema sponsorship.

Read the long list of 20 books nominated for this year’s prize.