Women’s prize winner Tayari Jones and Sandra Newman – books podcast

On this week’s show, we take a look at this year’s Women’s prize winner, An American Marriage by Tayari Jones. Fresh from her win, Jones speaks with Sian about the inspiration behind the novel. Claire and Richard discuss the decision with prize judge Arifa Akbar, and why she believes the most inventive fiction is now being written by women of colour.

Sandra Newman then talks to Richard about her latest novel The Heavens. In an early noughties, utopian version of New York, Ben and Kate meet at a party and fall in love. But when Kate falls asleep, she wakes up in London in 1593, in the body of Emilia, the “Dark Lady” of Shakespeare’s sonnets. Every move Kate/Emilia makes has unfortunate implications for the modern-day world …

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Women’s prize winner Tayari Jones and Sandra Newman – books podcast