Winning authors explain how the award changed their lives and share their favourite books by women
Tayari Jones, An American Marriage, 2019
The Womens prize was created because women were excluded from the world of literary accolades; in the last 25 years there has been tremendous progress, but female writers still face unique challenges. I am proud to have won. The shortlist was formidable and I was buoyed merely to be in the company of such artists and thinkers.
Winners pick: The Street by Ann Petry. Its an amazing novel a pioneer in the category of the literary thriller, written in the 1940s and it is being reissued this year.