The shortlist for one of our favourite prizes of the year has just been announced. The Women’s Prize, which is UK based, always highlights brilliant books and this shortlist is one of the strongest (proving my hunch that 2020 is actually one of the best years for books in ages – which is probably the kindest way we can describe the start of this decade). The Women’s Prize has brought us some real favourites in the past – Kamila Shamsie’s Home Fire, Naomi Alderman’s The Power to name just a couple recent winners. The shortlist includes Booker winning Bernardine Evaristo Girl, Woman, Other (now out in paperback), Hilary Mantel‘s marvellous end to her Cromwell trilogy, The Mirror and the Light, along with Dominciana by Angie Cruz, A Thousand Ships by Natalie Haynes, my next read Weather by Jenny Offill. I am so delighted to see Maggie O’Farrell FINALLY make the Women’s shortlist (no idea what took so long) with Hamnet, which if you could come into the shop for a browse would be the book I would thrust into your hands. I’m rereading it again because I loved it. Remember Fairfield Books is still open and you can ring and collect, send your order through email, or even get home delivery! Stay well and keep reading.