The Women’s Prize for Fiction 2018 Longlist

Oh how I love this time of year, when we find out the longlist of one of my very favourite book prizes, the Women’s Prize for Fiction. Every year I make an effort to guess the longlist (which I did on Youtube here) of which I invariably get about two or three right (somehow I guessed seven this year) but have huge fun in doing so before the longlist is announced and then read the longlist when it is actually announced. Which has just happened and here are the sixteen books that have made it this year…


  • H(a)ppy by Nicola Barker
  • The Idiot by Elif Batuman
  • Three Things About Elsie by Joanna Cannon
  • Miss Burma by Charmaine Craig
  • Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan
  • The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gowar
  • Sight by Jessie Greengrass
  • Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeymoon
  • When I Hit You: Or, A Portrait of the Writer as a Young Wife by Meena Kandasamy
  • Elmet by Fiona Mozley
  • The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy
  • See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt
  • A Boy in Winter by Rachel Seiffert
  • Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie
  • The Trick To Time by Kit De Waal
  • Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

Whilst there might be some of my favourite books from the last twelve months missing I have to say this is one of the most eclectic and exciting longlists that I have seen in some time. And as with every year I will be joining in, especially as for the first time ever I actually have all the books, so it would be silly not to. I have already read five of the books, in italics with a link to the Schmidt which I adored, and may have another three in my luggage in Venice so have a good head start, and I will be reviewing (yes, those things are back) those I have read plus the ones I read as I go, as soon as I am back from holiday/honeymoon.

What are your thoughts on the longlist? Which have you read and what did you think of them? Are their any surprise inclusions of exclusions in your opinion? Let’s have a chat about it all in the comments below.


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10 responses to “The Women’s Prize for Fiction 2018 Longlist

  1. Kate

    Ooh what are the ones you wished had been longlisted? I can’t wait to read The Idiot and Sing, Unburied, Sing.

  2. Ali Smith is the most glaring omission to me. I am disappointed that Sally Rooney’s Conversations With Friends didn’t make the list. I haven’t read it but thought this would give me the nudge I need. Also disappointed that Lisa Halliday’s Asymmetry didn’t make it. That said, it looks like an exciting list and I’m anxious to read them before April 23 (I’ve read 6, 10 to go!!).

  3. booklemon

    Might be coming across as a tad eager commenting at this time of night but I’m just so excited! Very happy to see Elsie on there but quite surprised Tin Man didn’t make it, to be honest. Otherwise a really good list and I can’t wait to try and read them all.

  4. I’ve only read two of these but it looks an interesting list with plenty of titles I have heard good things about. I would have liked to see Tin Man included, and more from my favourite small publishers. As I don’t have the unread titles on my shelves I’ll be visiting the library to check a few of these out.

  5. Agh we’re reading the Schmidt for book club next month. I can’t wait, it appeared on someone’s list of choices a while back and it’s stuck in my mind ever since……fell into a bit of an internet hole googling the murder…

  6. Why oh why oh why isn’t The Book of Joan on the longlist?! I’m so disappointed in its omission. (Also a tad surprised by the absence of Asymmetry, and Winter.)

  7. I’m so delighted to see ‘See what I have done’ on this list. I was surprised/sad/annoyed it wasn’t on the Stella longlist in its home country, but this is a lovely result.

  8. Bet

    I greatly enjoyed Sing, Unburied, Sing, and Elmet. I adored adored adored Home Fire. But I could not get on at all with Eleanor Oliphant. I’m looking forward to trying a few of the others…

  9. I loved Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, and I’m looking forward to reading Sing, Unburied, Sing and Miss Burma.

  10. Ashlynn Moore

    I really enjoyed Elanor Oliphant is Completely Fine. It was a fun and light read, our book club loved it! We just started The Secret Life of Mrs. London, if you haven’t seen this title by Rebecca Rosenberg, definitely check it out. It’s a historical fiction piece and a great one for Women’s History Month! I found it here,

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