Women’s Prize for Non-Fiction longlist announced

Posted on 16th February 2024

The inaugural longlist for the Women’s Prize for Non-Fiction was announced on Thursday 15th February with some top choices.

Blake Morgan has partnered the Women’s Prize Trust for a number of years and are proud to continue to support the charity. The launch for non-fiction prize is exciting times to add to the Women’s Prize for Fiction, which is in its 29th year.

The longlist for the non-fiction prize features writers from all over the English-speaking world – America, Australia, Canada, India, Jamaica, the Philippines and the UK. The selection includes books from a wide range of genres and styles. From gripping memoirs and timely books that challenge the status quo, to groundbreaking investigative journalism and innovative new histories, these 16 titles offer a snapshot into the range, quality and ambition of non-fiction writing by women published between 1 April 2023 and 31 March 2024.

Professor Suzannah Lipscomb, Chair of Judges, said:

Reading for the Women’s Prize for Non-Fiction has been a revelation and a joy. I am very proud to introduce the sensational books that make up the inaugural Longlist. Our selection represents the breadth of women's non-fiction writing: science, history, memoir, technology, literary biography, health, linguistics, investigative journalism, art history, activism, travel-writing and economics. And each author has created a masterpiece that is worthy of your attention. Buy them, borrow them – above all read them – and in so doing you'll be elevating women's voices and female perspectives in a whole range of disciplines and on a whole host of topics.

The full list in alphabetical order by author surname is:

  • The Britannias: An Island Quest – by Alice Albinia, published by Allen Lane
  • Vulture Capitalism: Corporate Crimes, Backdoor Bailouts and the Death of Freedom – by Grace Blakely, published by Bloomsbury
  • Eve: How The Female Body Drove 200 Million Years of Human Evolution – by Cat Bohannon, published by Hutchinson Heinemann
  • Intervals – by Marianne Brooker, published by Fitzcarraldo Editions
  • Shadows at Noon: The South Asian Twentieth Century – by Joya Chatterji, published by Bodley Head
  • Thunderclap: A Memoir of Art and Life and Sudden Death – by Laura Cumming, published by Chatto & Windus
  • Some People Need Killing: A Memoir of Murder in the Philippines – by Patricia Evangelista, published by Grove Press
  • Wifedom: Mrs Orwell’s Invisible Life – by Anna Funder, published by Viking
  • Matrescence: On the Metamorphosis of Pregnancy, Childbirth and Motherhood – by Lucy Jones, published by Allen Lane
  • Doppelganger: A Trip Into the Mirror World – by Naomi Klein, published by Allen Lane Hamish Hamilton
  • A Flat Place – by Noreen Masud, published by Hamish Hamilton
  • All That She Carried: The Journey of Ashley’s Sack, a Black Family Keepsake – by Tiya Miles, published by Profile
  • Code-Dependent: Living in the Shadow of AI – by Madhumita Murgia, published by Picador
  • The Dictionary People: The Unsung Heroes who Created the Oxford English Dictionary – by Sarah Ogilvie, published by Chatto & Windus
  • Young Queens: The Intertwined Lives of Catherine de’ Medici, Elisabeth de Valois and Mary, Queen of Scots – by Leah Redmond Chang, published by Bloomsbury Circus
  • How to Say Babylon: A Jamaican Memoir – by Safiya Sinclair, published by 4th Estate

You can find out more about the prize and watch the longlist announcement here.

As well as being a partner of the Women’s Prize Trust, Blake Morgan is the official legal provider to the charity. The leading law firm provide joined-up and expert legal advice to charities and not-for-profit and social enterprise organisations in England and Wales. Find out more about their legal services for charities here.

Women’s Prize for Non-Fiction Longlist Announced

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