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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 • 248 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.

    Bookshelfie: Noor Murad - live from Wilderness Festival

    Bookshelfie: Noor Murad - live from Wilderness Festival

    For another very special bookshelfie episode, Noor Murad chats to Vick live from Wilderness Festival. The unbelievably talented Bahraini-British chef discusses the contradictions between private and public life in a Muslim country.

    After gaining work experience in Germany and New York, plus studying at the Culinary Institute of America for three years, Noor Murad eventually met Israeli chef Yottam Ottolenghi while working at the Spitalfields deli. She’s now the Head of the Ottolenghi Test Kitchen, and has co-written two books with Yottam and the Test Kitchen team – Shelf Love and the upcoming Extra Good Things.

    Noors book choices are: 
    ** Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
    ** Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
    ** The Outsiders by S E Hinton
    ** The Island of Missing Trees by Elif Shafak
    ** Three Women by Lisa Taddeo

    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.

    • 36 min
    Bookshelfie: Maggie O'Farrell

    Bookshelfie: Maggie O'Farrell

    2020 Women’s Prize winner Maggie O’Farrell joins Vick Hope and reveals what it was like to win the prize over a zoom call and what level of research is really required to write a masterpiece like Hamnet.

    Maggie O’Farrell won the Women’s Prize for Fiction for her novel Hamnet - a moving exploration of death and grief in Elizabethan England told through the story of William Shakespeare’s real life son Hamnet. Maggie is the author of nine novels, the memoir I Am I Am I Am, and two children’s books, including The Boy Who Lost His Spark, out this October. Her latest novel The Marriage Portrait, set in Renaissance Italy is out now.


    Maggie’s book choices are: 
    ** Where the God of Love Hangs Out by Amy Bloom
    ** Flesh and Blood by Michele Roberts
    ** The Green Road by Anne Enright
    ** The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
    ** Gawain and the Green Knight by Anonymous

    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.

    • 46 min
    Bookshelfie: Aisling Bea - Live at Latitude

    Bookshelfie: Aisling Bea - Live at Latitude

    In a special episode in front of a live audience at Latitude Festival, Vick Hope talks to the hilarious, multi-award winning comedian, writer and actor Aisling Bea about her early career, writing and starring in her much loved Channel 4 show This Way Up, and becoming the face of loneliness.

    Armed with the stage name ‘Bea’, a tribute to her late father, Aisling broke away from the family tradition of working with horses to pursue a career in performing. After winning awards at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2012 and the Edinburgh Comedy Awards in 2013, she gained exposure as a comedian and began making regular appearances on panel shows  such as QI and 8 Out of 10 Cats. She has since gained international acclaim as the creator and star of hit comedy-drama This Way Up.

    Aisling’s book choices are: 
    ** Animal by Sara Pascoe
    ** Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge 
    ** The Green Road by Anne Enright
    ** The Audacity by Katharine Ryan
    ** Sorrow and Bliss by Meg Mason


    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 an 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.

    • 51 min
    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.

     

    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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    • 58 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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    • 50 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.





    Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
248 Ratings

248 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.

brainypup ,

Vick Hope is such a star

I met her once and was awestruck, but it was the merest moment at a wonderful, crowded, celebratory party. I had never listened to any of her work anywhere and had no idea how brilliant and flexible and sensitive her mind is, or how acute and articulate and musical and loveable she can be as an interviewer. Later I heard her interview here with Minnie Driver, who is absolutely formidable, no other word for it, and marvelled as Vick demonstrated all those talents. She was right up there with Minnie, every moment, every bit her equal. So now I’ve listened to her interview the wonderful Gabby Logan, and admired the way Vick reins herself right back, lets her subject, another genius at the microphone, do her stuff, just inserting the right prompts and responses at the right moments to punctuate and release the ready flow of revelations and insights. It’s like listening to a conductor bring the best out of a well-tuned orchestra. She’s clearly, simply, one of the great broadcasters. And she makes it all sound easy, and fun.

AudsLord ,

One of my favourite podcasts

Love this podcast for great book recommendations, especially the episodes with Minnie Driver, Kim Cattrall and Gabby Logan. New host Vick Hope is brill too. More please!

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