Two Irish Writers make the Women’s Prize Longlist!

The longlist for the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2023 was announced last night, just in time for International Women’s Day and I was delighted to see two Irish authors make the cut. Maggie O’Farrell has been longlisted for The Marriage Portrait and the wonderful Louise Kennedy has been longlisted for her debut novel Trespasses.

I imagine O’Farrell will make the shortlist; I liked The Marriage Portrait more than Hamnet but still had quibbles, but I would love to see Trespasses go further.

Of the other longlisted books, I have only read one and that was Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver. I’m not surprised that it was longlisted but I wasn’t a fan, finding it to be a bit too on the nose with its message.

Of the rest, I’m most interested in Children of Paradise by Camilla Grudova, Homesick by Jennifer Croft (which sounds more like a memoir to be though) and Cursed Bread by Sophie Mackintosh.

There were a lot of books I expected to see on here, particularly Sea of Tranquility by Emily St John Mandel (too early?), Birnam Wood by Eleanor Catton (too late?) and The Hero of this Book by Elizabeth McCracken, about which I’ve heard great things. I’m also halfway through Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin and I really thought it might be in with a chance.

It will be interesting to see how these get whittled down. What did you think of the list? Anything you are pleased to see? Any glaring omissions?

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  1. Very disappointed not to see Catton or Zevin. I haven’t read any of these, for the first time ever I think! I’ll be a bit more of a spectator regarding the Women’s Prize this year.

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  2. So great to see the two Irish novels on there, I’ll soon be reading Trespasses and will no doubt get to The Marriage Portrait.

    I thought the list was excellent, crossing genre, country and style of writing, it seemed to me to reflect the variety of readership as much as anything, ensuring there is something there for everyone, acknowledging how subjective ‘love’ for books can be.

    I’m keen to read Wandering Souls and Homesick, Stone Blind looks intriguing, I do love a good feminist retelling of a Greek myth, Laline Paull’s Pod definitely, I thought The Bees was excellent, it was in my Top Reads the year that came out and Fire Rush sounds promising too from what I’ve heard. Oh, too many good books when I don’t need a diversion from Reading Ireland! 🙂

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  3. I don’t really follow the Women’s Prize, instead opting for the Australian equivalent (the Stella Prize) whose long list was announced last week. I have Trespasses in my TBR and am planning to read it for Reading Ireland Month.

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  4. Ooh, I’m just about to start listening to the audiobook of Trespasses, hopefully for Reading Ireland if I manage to get through it in time (I’m so slow with audiobooks). So to have your recommendation and its longlisting is a nice encouragement.

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