Women’s Prize for Fiction 2018: The Shortlist

At lunchtime, my phone was buzzing for two reasons. The first reason was that Kate Middleton has successfully delivered her third child, a boy – aww! congrats! The second reason was that the Women’s Prize for Fiction Shortlist has been announced!

When the longlist was announced I had grand plans of reading the entire longlist – In my defence, I have purchased two and they are sitting on my bedside table. However, I haven’t really engaged with them yet. Luckily, the shortlist being announced means I can focus on the top six – of which I have one.

You can read my initial impressions of the longlist here.

Ok, so, drumroll please! *inserts drumroll sound*

The six books on the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2018 Shortlist are:

The Idiot Elif Batuman
The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock Imogen Hermes Gowar
Sight Jessie Greengrass
When I hit you: Or, the portrait of the writer as a young wife Meena Kandasamy
Home Fire Kamila Shamsie
Sing, Unburied, Sing Jesmyn Ward

Well, straight off, we can see my prediction of Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine was wrong. That’s fine – I haven’t read it yet anyway!

I’m really glad that the mermaid is on that list – I bought it about a week ago, and my housemates want me to hurry up and read it so I will stop talking about it!

So, basically I can’t offer any sort of biased opinion on that list. I can say that I love the cover for The Idiot, also for Sight, and you already know I love the cover for The Mermaid so aesthetically I’m looking forward to having them on my shelf. I’ve even pulled the covers in from the Waterstones website:

I have decided to revise my expectations to reading this shortlist by the end of the year, with as many additional books from the list as possible. I have Eleanor Oliphant on my shelf, and my housemate has Elmet, both of which are longlisters, and I do want to read them both. BUT, focussing on the shortlist will save my poor bank account until the paperbacks are all released if nothing else.



  1. I totally agree – I think that focusing on the shortlist is going to be much more realistic for me. Haha. I just finished Sing, Unburied, Sing and it totally deserves the spot. But that’s the only one I’ve read. I think Home Fire is my next up for sure!

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