Hilary Mantel and Zadie Smith are among the nominees for the 2013 Women's Prize for Fiction, announced today.
The UK’s only annual book award for fiction written by a woman, known previously as the Orange Prize for Fiction, recognises excellence, originality and accessibility in writing by women across the world.
This year’s shortlist includes two previous winners of the Orange Prize; Barbara Kingsolver who won the Orange Prize for Fiction in 2010 for The Lacuna, and Zadie Smith who won in 2006 for On Beauty.
"The shortlist for 2013 represents six tremendous writers at the top of their game," said actress Miranda Richardson, Chair of judges. "Their individual novels are flawlessly presented, they contain a heady mix of ideas and without exception take the reader on a unique and deeply satisfying journey."
The award ceremony will take place in London on 5 June, with judges including feminist writer and activist Natasha Walter and journalist Razia Iqbal.
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Women's Prize for Fiction: 2013 Shortlist
1. Kate Atkinson - Life After Life (Doubleday)
2. A.M Homes - May We Be Forgiven (Granta)
3. Barbara Kingsolver - Flight Behaviour (Faber & Faber)
4. Hilary Mantel - Bring Up the Bodies (Fourth Estate)
5. Maria Semple - Where’d You Go, Bernadette (Weidenfeld & Nicolson)
6. Zadie Smith - NW (Hamish Hamilton)
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