Women’s Prize for Fiction 2018

We review the contenders for the UK’s most prestigious award for fiction written by women

A gripping novel of racial prejudice, radicalisation and cross-cultural love

A novel blazing with power, grief and tenderness that breathes danger into the classic American road trip

A female narrator writes of her violent marriage in this memoiristic novel set in southern India

A witty debut novel that skewers the absurdities of academic life

A study of the intertwined lives of sex workers and high society in Georgian London

A promising debut novel is undermined by its author’s weakness for solemnity