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Every week, join journalist and author Yomi Agedoke, and inspirational guests, including Elizabeth Day, Sara Pascoe and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie as they celebrate the best books written by women. They'll discuss this year's shortlisted titles, explore the life-changing books that sit on other women’s bookshelves and talk about what the future holds for women writing today. The Women’s Prize for Fiction is one of the most prestigious literary awards in the world, and has been running for over 25 years, and this series will offer unique access to the shortlisted authors and the 2021 Prize winner. Sit back and enjoy.

Women’s Prize for Fiction Podcast Women's Prize for Fiction/ Bird Lime Media

    • Arts
    • 4.2 • 227 Ratings

Every week, join journalist and author Yomi Agedoke, and inspirational guests, including Elizabeth Day, Sara Pascoe and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie as they celebrate the best books written by women. They'll discuss this year's shortlisted titles, explore the life-changing books that sit on other women’s bookshelves and talk about what the future holds for women writing today. The Women’s Prize for Fiction is one of the most prestigious literary awards in the world, and has been running for over 25 years, and this series will offer unique access to the shortlisted authors and the 2021 Prize winner. Sit back and enjoy.

    Bookshelfie: Jess Phillips

    Bookshelfie: Jess Phillips

    Outspoken Labour MP Jess Phillips tells Yomi why she was always destined for a life helping others, and how her favourite book helped her realise she was pregnant. 


    Jess has represented Birmingham Yardley in parliament since 2015, and currently serves in Keir Starmer’s shadow cabinet on the front bench as Shadow Minister for Domestic Violence and Safeguarding. She’s never been afraid to be outspoken - be it about her dislike of Jeremy Corbyn, critiquing current domestic violence legislation, or revealing the mass of abuse, trolling and death threats  she receives simply by virtue of being a female Member of Parliament who’s not afraid to speak her mind. 
     
    Jess’s book choices are
    ** Wild Swans by Jung Chang 
    ** How to be a Woman by Caitlin Moran
    ** Heartburn by Nora Ephron
    ** Peepo by Janet and Alan Aalberg 
    ** The Color Purple by Alice Walker
     
    Every week, join journalist and author Yomi Agedoke, and inspirational guests, including Elizabeth Day, Sara Pascoe and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie as they celebrate the best books written by women. The Women’s Prize for Fiction is one of the most prestigious literary awards in the world, and has been running for over 25 years, and this series will offer unique access to the shortlisted authors and the 2021 Prize winner. 


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    • 54 min
    SHORTLIST BOOKCLUB SPECIAL: Transcendent Kingdom and Unsettled Ground

    SHORTLIST BOOKCLUB SPECIAL: Transcendent Kingdom and Unsettled Ground

    Candice Brathwaite, Michelle Elman and Caleb Azumah Nelson join Yomi to compare and contrast two books from this year's Women's Prize for Fiction shortlist, Yaa Gyasi’s Transcendent Kingdom and Unsettled Ground by Claire Fuller.
     
    Michelle Elman is an author, speaker and life coach who’s the force behind the Scarred not Scared campaign, Candice Brathwaite is the author of The Joy of Being Selfish; a journalist, TV presenter and founder of Make Motherhood Diverse and Caleb Azumah Nelson is a writer and photographer whose recent debut Open Water is both a beautiful love story and a meditation on race and masculinity.
     
    Listen as they delve into two of the incredible books from the 2021 Women’s Prize shortlist - in our very own book club where you can learn more about the six titles selected for this year’s prize.
     
    Every week, join journalist and author Yomi Agedoke, and inspirational guests including Elizabeth Day, Sara Pascoe and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie as they celebrate the best books written by women. The Women’s Prize for Fiction is one of the most prestigious literary awards in the world, and has been running for over 25 years, and this series will offer unique access to the shortlisted authors and the 2021 Prize winner. 
     
     
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    • 54 min
    Bookshelfie: Paris Lees

    Bookshelfie: Paris Lees

    Journalist and writer Paris Lees tells Yomi why being trans is only part of her identity, as she explores her top five books by women. 
     
    Paris is the editor of META, a new publication devoted to gender issues, a contributing editor at British Vogue, she has columns with Gay Times and DIVA and appears in The Guardian, VICE and Pink News. In 2013 she was given the title of most influential LGBT person in Britain and became the first high-profile transgender woman to break into the mainstream media. Her new book, What it Feels Like for a Girl, is a memoir on growing up as a working class child in Nottingham - and it is out now. 
     
    Paris’s book choices are:
    ** The Life and Loves of a She Devil by Fay Weldon
    ** Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
    ** The Color Purple by Alice Walker 
    ** Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race  by Reni Eddo Lodge 
    ** Simple Passion by Annie Ernaux


    Every week, join journalist and author Yomi Agedoke, and inspirational guests, including Elizabeth Day, Sara Pascoe and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie as they celebrate the best books written by women. The Women’s Prize for Fiction is one of the most prestigious literary awards in the world, and has been running for over 25 years, and this series will offer unique access to the shortlisted authors and the 2021 Prize winner. 


    This podcast is produced by Bird Lime Media.
     
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    • 53 min
    SHORTLIST BOOKCLUB SPECIAL: The Vanishing Half and No One Is Talking About This

    SHORTLIST BOOKCLUB SPECIAL: The Vanishing Half and No One Is Talking About This

    Raven Smith, Otegha Uwagba and Yassmin Abdel-Magied join Yomi to dive into two books from this year's Women's Prize for Fiction shortlist, The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett and No One Is Talking About This by Patricia Lockwood.


    Raven Smith is a fashion columnist and author of Trivial Pursuits, Otegha Uwagba is the former founder of the working women’s network Women Who and author of three incredible books - Little Black Book, We Need to Talk About Money and Whites: On Race and Other Falsehoods and Yassmin Abdel-Magied is a writer, engineer and award-winning social advocate.


    They discuss (and debate!) two of the incredible books from the 2021 Women’s Prize shortlist - in our very own book club where you can learn more about the six titles selected for this year’s prize.


    Every week, join journalist and author Yomi Agedoke, and inspirational guests including Elizabeth Day, Sara Pascoe and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie as they celebrate the best books written by women. The Women’s Prize for Fiction is one of the most prestigious literary awards in the world, and has been running for over 25 years, and this series will offer unique access to the shortlisted authors and the 2021 Prize winner. 




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    • 47 min
    Bookshelfie: Afua Hirsch

    Bookshelfie: Afua Hirsch

    Recently named as one of the most influential people of African heritage in the UK, Afua Hirsch takes us on a journey through the books that have shaped her.


    Afua Hirsch is a writer, broadcaster and author. Her book Brit(ish): On Race, Identity and Belonging was published in 2018 and became a Sunday Times bestseller, kickstarting a national conversation about what it means to grow up a person of colour in the UK. She had previously been the legal correspondent and West Africa correspondent for The Guardian newspaper, Social Affairs Editor at Sky News, and a barrister. More recently Afua has presented numerous TV and radio documentaries, written a children’s book about the UK’s first female supreme court judge and started her own fashion brand.
     
    Afua’s book choices are: 
    ** Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison 
    ** Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo 
    ** Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozie Adiche 
    ** The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson 
    ** Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys 




    Every week, join journalist and author Yomi Agedoke, and inspirational guests, including Elizabeth Day, Sara Pascoe and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie as they celebrate the best books written by women. The Women’s Prize for Fiction is one of the most prestigious literary awards in the world, and has been running for over 25 years, and this series will offer unique access to the shortlisted authors and the 2021 Prize winner. 


    This podcast is produced by Bird Lime Media.
     
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    • 53 min
    Bookshelfie: Diane Von Furstenberg

    Bookshelfie: Diane Von Furstenberg

    Join iconic fashion designer and legend of female empowerment Diane Von Furstenberg as she discusses the five books which have shaped her career with Yomi.


    Diane is best known for her groundbreaking “wrap dress” which came out in 1974 and earned her global recognition, becoming a wardrobe staple around the world. It’s still worn by celebrities including Michelle Obama and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. But her impact goes well beyond clothing and cosmetics - Diane is also a keen philanthropist and a role model for female empowerment. Her foundation The Diller is the force behind the DVF Awards, which celebrate female leaders, she’s part of Sheryl Sandberg’s ‘Ban Bossy’ campaign and she even designed shirts for Hilary Clinton’s presidential bid. Diane Von Furstenberg's latest book, 'Own It: The Secret to Life’, is out now.
     
    Diane’s book choices are: 
     
    ** A Life by Simone Veil
    ** The Second Sex by Simone De Beauvoir 
    ** My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem
    ** Caste by Isabel Wilkerson
    ** Blowout by Rachel Maddow


    Every week, join journalist and author Yomi Agedoke, and inspirational guests, including Elizabeth Day, Sara Pascoe and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie as they celebrate the best books written by women. The Women’s Prize for Fiction is one of the most prestigious literary awards in the world, and has been running for over 25 years, and this series will offer unique access to the shortlisted authors and the 2021 Prize winner. 




    This podcast is produced by Bird Lime Media.
     
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    • 37 min

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
227 Ratings

227 Ratings

Mrilanini ,

Interesting podcast great idea to promote women’s fiction

Just listened to the first podcast with Afua Hirsch and found her engaging and interesting. I would have liked a bit more information about the recommended books. She gave a detailed explanation of Wide Sargasso Sea but the other recommendations I didn’t get a sense of what the book was about if I hadn’t already read it and could infer the meaning. I think it might be useful to listeners who are not as well read.

S1991Bee ,

Excellent podcast!

Highly recommend

Target13 ,

Women are pretty cool

I don’t know if you’ve heard but there are these women folk people and they’re pretty awesome. They’re strong and smart and actually pretty funny.
I know, right?! They’re just like us guys except kinda different, but also kinda the same!
Anyway, they write these things called books and turns out they can be real page-turners! Books are basically like podcasts but written down on paper. You can’t hear the voices but you can imagine them if you choose!
So, basically, check out these women. You won’t be disappointed and the stuff they recommend also can be a nice treat.
Enjoy! xx

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