Indian-origin author’s novel nominated for Women’s Prize for Fiction 2023

Wednesday 15th March 2023 08:59 EDT

London-based author Sheena Patel’s debut novel is among 16 books by authors from across the world to be longlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2023, unveiled in London last week to mark International Women’s Day.

‘I’m a Fan’ by Patel – of Kenyan Indian heritage – is the story of an unnamed narrator’s involvement in a seemingly unequal romantic relationship and will compete for the prestigious £30,000 prize, now in its 28th year. The shortlist will be revealed on April 26 and the winner’s prize ceremony is scheduled for 14 June. “With a clear and unforgiving eye, Sheena Patel makes startling connections between power struggles at the heart of human relationships to those in the wider world, offering a devastating critique of social media, access and patriarchal systems,” the judging panel said about Sheena’s novel.

‘I’m a Fan’ is longlisted alongside books that span the globe – from Italy, Northern Ireland and Virginia, to an imaginary kingdom ruled by animals, a hallucinatory old cinema and an underwater world populated with extraordinary creatures. Broadcaster and writer Louise Minchin, who is the Chair of the Prize’s 2023 judging panel, said: “This year’s longlist is a glorious celebration of the boundless imagination and creative ambition of women writers over the past year.

“Every one of these 16 books is excellent and original in its own individual way; they all offer fresh perspectives on history and humanity, exploring hard truths with empathy, sensitivity, directness, and sometimes infectious humour. There is something here for all readers,” she reportedly said.

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