Susanna Clarke wins the Women's Prize for Fiction 2021 for her novel 'Piranesi'.
St Hilda's alumna, Susanna Clarke (PPE, 1978), has won the Women's Prize for Fiction 2021 for her novel Piranesi.
Susanna's acceptance speech gave heart to others coping with long-term ill health: "It is the book that I never thought I would get to write.... My hope is that my standing here tonight will give courage to other women with incapacitating illness."
Author and Chair of Judges 2021, Bernardine Evaristo, commented: “We wanted to find a book that we’d press into readers’ hands, which would have a lasting impact. With her first novel in seventeen years, Susanna Clarke has given us a truly original, unexpected flight of fancy which melds genres and challenges preconceptions about what books should be. She has created a world beyond our wildest imagination that also tells us something profound about what it is to be human.”
Many congratulations to Susanna on this achievement. Read more here.