Bookshelfie: Candice Carty-Williams

Women’s Prize for Fiction Podcast

By Women's Prize for Fiction/ Bird Lime Media

Bookshelfie: Candice Carty-Williams

Thursday, 28 October

Candice Carty-Williams, bestselling author of Queenie, talks to our new host Zawe Ashton about how groundbreaking fiction can help decolonize British literature. 

Candice and her debut novel Queenie made history smashing every glass ceiling going when it was published back in 2019. The novel was conceived when Candice was just twenty-six. It went on to win Blackwell’s Debut Book of the Year 2019, was shortlisted for Book of the Year by Waterstones, Foyles and Goodreads - and longlisted for the Women’s Prize. It also won Book of the Year at the British Book Awards in 2020, making Candice the first black British woman to win the prize in its history. Candice's latest novel Empress and Aniya is out now and can be purchased here.


Candice’s book choices are: 

** Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison

** Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman

** Character Breakdown by Zawe Ashton 

** Citizen by Claudia Rankine

** Keisha the Sket by Jade LB


Zawe Ashton, acclaimed actress, director, playwright and author, will host the new season of the chart-topping Women’s Prize for Fiction Podcast, launching with a double episode release: a conversation with Emmy award-winning actress Claire Danes, and a conversation with bestselling novelist Candice Carty-Williams. The new Women’s Prize podcast season continues to celebrate the best books written by women, by interviewing inspirational women about the books that have most influenced their life and career.


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