Books  |  Apr 27, 2022

Elif Shafak shortlisted for Women's Prize for Fiction

Elif Shafak’s The Island of Missing Trees has been shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2022.

Now in its 27th year, the prize is awarded for the best full-length novel of the year written by a woman and published in the UK between 1st April 2021 and 31st March 2022. Any woman writing in English, whatever her nationality, country of residence, age or subject matter, is eligible.

Shafak has been nominated for the Women’s Prize previously for The Bastard of Istanbul. Her latest novel, The Island of Missing Trees, gives readers a rich, magical tale of belonging and identity, love and trauma, nature, and, finally, renewal. It has been recognised as an "outstanding work of breath-taking beauty" and Shafak a writer of "important, beautiful, painful and truthful novels".

Author and chair of the judges Mary Ann Sieghart said of the shortlist: “We were blessed with an extraordinarily high quality of submissions this year, which made whittling down the longlist from 16 to six particularly difficult, but the shortlist contains a wonderfully diverse range of stories, subjects, settings and authors, from the experience of a Native American woman in a haunted bookshop to an early female aviator in the Antarctic. One novel is narrated by a tree; another by a book. Some are laugh-out-loud funny, others tearful, and sometimes the two are combined in the same book."

The winner will then be awarded on 15th June.