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Susanna Clarke wins 2021 Women's Prize for Fiction

Susanna Clarke wins 2021 Women's Prize for Fiction

British author Susanna Clarke has won the 2021 Women’s Prize for Fiction with her second novel Piranesi.

The Prize for Fiction is a highly regarded and celebrated literary award that seeks to empower women by showcasing the best writing by women.

This year’s awards ceremony was held at the Bedford Square Gardens in London where the chair of the judging panel, Bernandine Evaristo presented Susanna Clarke with the £30,000 prize.

Evaristo stated that ‘We wanted to find a book that we’d press into readers’ hands, which would have a lasting impact. With her first novel in seventeen years, Susanna Clarke has given us a truly original, unexpected flight of fancy which melds genres and challenges preconceptions about what books should be. She has created a world beyond our wildest imagination that also tells us something profound about what it is to be human.’

Check out gr’s review here

Piranesi is a difficult novel to review, in part because it resists categorisation – it’s fantastical and dark, yet poignant and sweet – but also because it’s a book best discovered on its own terms. Susanna Clarke, who gave us the remarkable Johnathon Strange and Mr Norrell, has pulled another rabbit out of the hat with Piranesi and has produced a singular and curious tale.