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Every week, join Vick Hope, multi-award winning TV and BBC Radio 1 presenter, author and journalist, and her inspirational guests 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. Sit back and enjoy.



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    • 4.3 • 246 Ratings

Every week, join Vick Hope, multi-award winning TV and BBC Radio 1 presenter, author and journalist, and her inspirational guests 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. Sit back and enjoy.



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    Bookshelfie: Minnie Driver

    Bookshelfie: Minnie Driver

    For this very special episode, Minnie Driver talks to Vick in front of a live audience in Bedford Square Gardens, London. The actor, author and singer opens up about her yearning for freedom and the pieces of herself that were sacrificed for fame.
    Minnie became known for her lead roles in Good Will Hunting and Circle of Friends. She broke into Hollywood where she performed in some incredible films, like The Governess and Hard Rain, alongside some equally incredible actors. She now has three studio albums, hosts her own podcast (Minnie Questions with Minnie Driver) and has her own production company. You may have also seen her star in Amazon’s adaptation of Cinderella and seen her new and evocative memoir, Managing Expectations, in shops which she has recently published. 
    Minnie’s book choices are: 
    ** The House Of The Spirits by Isabel Allende
    ** Wise Children by Angela Carter 
    ** The Cost Of Living by Deborah Levy
    ** Pride And Prejudice by Jane Austen
    ** The Wallcreeper by Nell Zink
    Vick Hope, multi-award winning TV and BBC Radio 1 presenter, author and journalist, is the host of season five of the Women’s Prize for Fiction Podcast. Every week, Vick will be joined by another inspirational woman to discuss the work of incredible female authors. The Women’s Prize is one of the most prestigious literary awards in the world, and they continue to champion the very best books written by women.
     
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    This podcast is sponsored by Baileys and produced by Bird Lime Media.


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    • 56 min
    Bookshelfie: Emma Dabiri

    Bookshelfie: Emma Dabiri

    Writer, academic and broadcaster Emma Dabiri talks about identity, ghost stories and why she could make a whole podcast about Toni Morrison's books. 
    Emma’s first book, an essay collection called Don’t Touch My Hair, explores the way that colonisation, oppression and, ultimately, liberation are all expressed in Black women’s hair – and it gained critical acclaim from just about everyone. Emma’s second book - a Sunday Times bestseller - What White People Can Do Next: From Allyship to Coalition, is a longform essay looking at how support for anti-racism can be translated into meaningful, structural action.
    Emma’s book choices are: 
    ** Woman on the edge of time by Marge Piercy
    ** Quicksand by Nella Larsen 
    ** Paradise by Toni Morrison
    ** The Birds & Other Short Stories by Daphne du Maurier
    ** Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
    Vick Hope, multi-award winning TV and BBC Radio 1 presenter, author and journalist, is the host of season five of the Women’s Prize for Fiction Podcast. Every week, Vick will be joined by another inspirational woman to discuss the work of incredible female authors. The Women’s Prize is one of the most prestigious literary awards in the world, and they continue to champion the very best books written by women.
     
    Don’t want to miss the rest of Season Five? Listen and subscribe now!
     
    This podcast is sponsored by Baileys and produced by Bird Lime Media.


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    • 48 min
    Shortlist 2022: The Authors

    Shortlist 2022: The Authors

    Vick Hope speaks to the six brilliant authors who have been shortlisted for the 2022 Prize - Elif Shafak, Lisa Allen-Agostini, Louise Erdrich, Maggie Shipstead, Meg Mason and Ruth Ozeki.
    The winner of this year’s prize will be announced on June 15th. 
     
    The 2022 shortlist: 
    The Island of Missing Trees by Elif Shafak
    The Bread the Devil Knead by Lisa Allen-Agostini
    The Sentence by Louise Erdrich
    Great Circle by Maggie Shipstead
    Sorrow and Bliss by Meg Mason
    The Book of Form and Emptiness by Ruth Ozeki
     
    Vick Hope, multi-award winning TV and BBC Radio 1 presenter, author and journalist, is the host of season five of the Women’s Prize for Fiction Podcast. Every week, Vick will be joined by another inspirational woman to discuss the work of incredible female authors, kicking off with guest Gabby Logan. The Women’s Prize is one of the most prestigious literary awards in the world, and they continue to champion the very best books written by women.
     
    Don’t want to miss the rest of Season Five? Listen and subscribe now!
     
    This podcast is sponsored by Baileys and produced by Bird Lime Media.


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    • 39 min
    Bookshelfie: Laura Whitmore

    Bookshelfie: Laura Whitmore

    Presenter, broadcaster and author Laura Whitmore chats with Vick about their early MTV days, Love Island and why women should take up more space in a room.
    Best known for presenting shows like I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! NOW!, Survival of the Fittest and of course, Love Island, she has become a familiar face on our screens. But she’s also a regular voice on her own BBC Radio 5 Live series, The Laura Whitmore Show. She’s an actress, and she’s competed on Strictly and the Great Celebrity Bake-Off! Her self-help book, No One Can Change Your Life Except For You was an instant Sunday Times bestseller, and the paperback is coming out in July.
    Laura’s book choices are: 
    ** Animal by Sara Pascoe
    ** Against Love Poetry by Eavan Boland
    ** Love Warrior by Glennon Doyle
    ** Butterfly by Yusra Mardini
    ** The Girl with the Louding Voice by Abi Daré
    Vick Hope, multi-award winning TV and BBC Radio 1 presenter, author and journalist, is the host of season five of the Women’s Prize for Fiction Podcast. Every week, Vick will be joined by another inspirational woman to discuss the work of incredible female authors. The Women’s Prize is one of the most prestigious literary awards in the world, and they continue to champion the very best books written by women.
     
    Don’t want to miss the rest of Season Five? Listen and subscribe now!
     
    This podcast is sponsored by Baileys and produced by Bird Lime Media.


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    • 50 min
    Bookshelfie: Adjoa Andoh

    Bookshelfie: Adjoa Andoh

    Actor, producer and director Adjoa Andoh covers everything from Bridgerton to reincarnation and tells us why she doesn’t care about fame. 
    Coined ‘the undisputed queen of audio and radio drama’ by Penguin Random House, Adjoa is now better known for her leading role as Lady Danbury in Bridgerton. For 30 years she was a BBC Radio actor, and was a welcome addition to popular TV shows like Doctor Who, Eastenders and Casualty. Her theatre credits are extensive, including Great Expectations and A Streetcar Named Desire, and her film credits include her role as Mandela’s secretary in Invictus. She’s recorded over 150 audiobooks, she is an Associate Artist at the Royal Shakespeare Company, Senior Associate Artist at The Bush Theatre, a Fairtrade Ambassador and runs her own  production company, Swinging the Lens.

    Adjoa’s book choices are: 
    ** Just William by Richmal Crompton 
    ** Green Darkness by Anya Seton
    ** A Question of Power by Bessie Head
    ** After Leaving Mr Mackenzie by Jean Rhys
    ** Beloved by Toni Morrison 

    Vick Hope, multi-award winning TV and BBC Radio 1 presenter, author and journalist, is the host of season five of the Women’s Prize for Fiction Podcast. Every week, Vick will be joined by another inspirational woman to discuss the work of incredible female authors. The Women’s Prize is one of the most prestigious literary awards in the world, and they continue to champion the very best books written by women.
     
    Don’t want to miss the rest of Season Five? Listen and subscribe now!
     
    This podcast is sponsored by Baileys and produced by Bird Lime Media.


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    • 47 min
    Bookshelfie: Joy Crookes

    Bookshelfie: Joy Crookes

    Singer and songwriter Joy Crookes talks about rude awakenings and the feeling of being ‘slapped in the face’ by books.
    Joy was initially recognised in 2013 for her cover of Hit the Road Jack which she posted on YouTube, gaining over 600,000 views (one of whom was to be her manager). Three years later, she released her debut single, New Manhattan, at just age 17. She went on to release her debut EP, Influence, with Speakerbox and Insanity Records, performing one of the songs on global music platform COLORS. Since then, she’s won two UK Music Video Awards, a Remarkable Women Award and performed at Glastonbury Festival. Her music focuses on themes of mental health, relationships and culture.
    Joy’s book choices are: 
    ** All About Love by Bell Hooks
    ** Salt by Nayyirah Waheed
    ** Girl Woman Other by Bernardine Evaristo
    ** To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
    ** I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai
    Vick Hope, multi-award winning TV and BBC Radio 1 presenter, author and journalist, is the host of season five of the Women’s Prize for Fiction Podcast. Every week, Vick will be joined by another inspirational woman to discuss the work of incredible female authors. The Women’s Prize is one of the most prestigious literary awards in the world, and they continue to champion the very best books written by women.
     
    Don’t want to miss the rest of Season Five? Listen and subscribe now!
     
    This podcast is sponsored by Baileys and produced by Bird Lime Media.



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    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
246 Ratings

246 Ratings

Nepotism? No thanks. ,

The standard of the guests has dropped

I LOVED the last season hosted by the incomparable Zawe Ashton, but I can’t make this a 5 star review after listening to the irritating chat with Scarlett Curtis. The new host Vick Hope is fine, but I got very little from the latest episode, mostly due to the choice of guest, and what she had to say. I empathise over her ill health and mental illness, but it was the bit about ‘my dad wrote Love Actually’ that really made me grind my teeth. FFS. It takes quite a lot for me to be bothered enough to leave a review this just wasn’t good.

Passmore13 ,

One to bookmark!

I love the women’s prize podcast, especially with the new host Vick Hope. I feel like I always come away with excellent book recommendations and I find the conversations really engaging. Highly recommended!

Odette.Pet ,

One of my faves!

Great calibre of guests talking about far-ranging themes, and fabulous, cosy debates on books (with some super recommendations - my TBR pile has swelled since listening!)

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