Books  |  Apr 29, 2021

Susanna Clarke shortlisted for Women’s Prize for Fiction 2021

Susanna Clarke’s Piranesi has been shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction. The prize is the UK’s most prestigious annual book award celebrating and honouring fiction written by women.

Piranesi is a mysterious tale that examines the nature of fantasy and introduces readers to an astonishing new world; an infinite labyrinth, full of startling images and surreal beauty, haunted by the tides and the clouds. It has been shortlisted for other awards such as the Hugo Award, Costa Novel Award and the Nebula Award, and has received an array of stellar reviews proclaiming it a ‘miraculous and luminous feat of storytelling’ that showcases an ‘irresistible unspooling mystery set in a world of original strangeness’.

On Piranesi, Bernardine Evaristo, acclaimed novelist and Chair of judges for the prize has said: “It’s a trip. It’s probably the closest you can come to taking a hallucinogenic drug if you’ve not taken one before. She totally seduces you into this fantasy world – it’s so beautiful and mind-expanding, and completely original.”

The winner will be announced on July 7th, joining former recipients including Tayari Jones, Eimear McBride, Kamila Shamsie, Zadie Smith and Helen Dunmore.