2020 marks the 25th anniversary of the Prize, which celebrates the very best full-length fiction written by women across the world. This year's longlist of 16 novels honours both new and well-established writers, and a range of genres.
Brodesser-Akner's Fleishman is in Trouble is a blistering satirical novel about marriage, divorce and modern relationships, by one of the most exciting new voices in American fiction. Patchett's The Dutch House is a story of family, betrayal, love, responsibility and sacrifice, told with her inimitable blend of wit and heartbreak.
The judging panel will now narrow the selection down to a shortlist of six novels, which will be announced on 22nd April. The winner will be announced on 3rd June.