Women’s Prize for Fiction – Longlist History

Something a bit different for today’s post…

This is a bit of a passion project inspired by Hannah, Callum, Naty, Emily, Sarah, and Marija.

In case you were not aware, I’m more than a little invested in the Women’s Prize for Fiction, an annual literary prize awarded to the ‘best’ book by a women written that year, awarded by a panel of judges.  The above group of bloggers and I were discussing which authors have been longlisted in the past, which is actually a deceptively tricky thing to find anywhere online, as the Women’s Prize Wikipedia page only lists the winners + shortlisters.  The Women’s Prize website does have detail the prize’s complete history, which is where I got all of the information from for this post; however, the layout is a bit tricky to navigate and involves a lot of clicking around; there’s really no clean, easily digestible list for this information.

That’s where this post comes in.  For posterity, I wanted to record the complete list of Women’s Prize longlisters, shortlisters, and winners, all in one post, easy enough to scroll through.

I realize this is a bit niche, but I hope it’s of interest or assistance to someone out there, even if it’s just the 7 of us who came up with this idea!


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Greek and Roman Mythology – Literary Masterlist

So, it’s no secret that I love Greek and Roman mythology.  I feel like I mention it about twice a week.  So I thought it would be fun to give you guys some mythology recommendations!  This initially started as just a list of books I’ve read and enjoyed, but then I felt weird excluding some notable ones that I’ve read and did not enjoy, and then I felt weird excluding some notable ones that I haven’t read at all, so basically this turned into a masterlist of any and all Greek and Roman mythology books that are on my radar.

A few notes before we continue!

This is decidedly NOT a comprehensive list.  I am not claiming to be citing every book that has ever been written about Greece.  That said, if you feel like there are any major ones I’ve left off the list, feel free to let me know!

Books which I have read include my star rating and a link to my review where applicable.  This list will be updated with each one I read.

For Greek plays, I am ONLY including ones that I have already read.  There are just too many to endeavor to list them all, and it’s tricky to nail down which the ‘main ones’ are.  Again, this list will be updated with the more I read.

For retellings, I am focusing on ADULT FICTION.  So, there will be no Rick Riordan and no YA romances on this list.  There is absolutely nothing wrong with these books, but if you google ‘Greek mythology retellings’ you will find Rick Riordan on every single list.  I’m hoping to focus on some more obscure ones that often get overlooked.

So, here we go, the list:

The Classics

  • Aesop: Aesop’s Fables
  • Apollodorus: The Library of Greek Mythology
  • Apollonius of Rhodes: The Argonautica
  • Aristotle: Poetics ★★★★☆
  • Aristotle: The Nicomachean Ethics
  • Herodotus: The Histories
  • Homer: The Iliad ★★★★★
  • Homer: The Odyssey ★★★☆☆
  • Hesiod: Theogony/Works and Days ★★★☆☆
  • Ovid: Heroides
  • Ovid: Metamorphoses ★★★★★
  • Plato: The Republic ★★★☆☆
  • Plutarch: On Sparta
  • Sappho: If Not, Winter (translated by Anne Carson) ★★★★☆
  • Thucydides: History of the Peloponnesian War
  • Vergil: The Aeneid ★★★★☆
  • Xenophon: The Persian Expedition

The Classics – Greek Theatre

  • Aeschylus: The Oresteia ★★★★☆
    • Agamemnon ★★★★☆
    • Libation Bearers ★★★☆☆
    • Eumenides ★★★★☆
  • Euripides: Alcestis ★★★☆☆
  • Euripides: The Bacchae ★★★★☆
  • Euripides: Iphigenia at Aulis ★★★★☆
  • Euripides: Medea ★★★★★
  • Euripides: The Trojan Women ★★★★★
  • Sophocles: Philoctetes ★★★☆☆
  • Sophocles: The Theban Plays ★★★★☆
    • Oedipus Rex ★★★★★
    • Oedipus at Colonus ★★★☆☆
    • Antigone ★★★★☆

Greek Mythology Overviews

  • Buxton, Richard: The Complete World of Greek Mythology
  • d’Aulaire, Ingri: D’Aulaire’s Book of Greek Myths ★★★★★
  • Graves, Robert: The Greek Myths
  • Hamilton, Edith: Mythology
  • Various: xo Orpheus

Modern Retellings: adult fiction, literary fiction, poetry, plays

  • Anouilh, Jean: Antigone 
  • Albanese, Pauline: The Closed Doors
  • Atwood, Margaret: The Penelopiad ★★☆☆☆
  • Barker, Pat: The Silence of the Girls ★★★★★
  • Baricco, Alessandro: An Iliad 
  • Beutner, Katharine: Alcestis ★★★★☆
  • Brennan, Marie: Daughter of Necessity
  • Carson, Anne: Autobiography of Red ★★★★☆
  • Carson, Anne: Red Doc>
  • Cook, Elizabeth: Achilles 
  • Corona, Laurel: Penelope’s Daughter
  • Dillon, Patrick: Ithaca: A Novel of Homer’s Odyssey
  • Elyot, Amanda: The Memoirs of Helen of Troy
  • George, Margaret: Helen of Troy
  • Geras, Adele: Troy
  • Haynes, Natalie: The Children of Jocasta
  • Johnson, Daisy: Everything Under ★★★★☆
  • Le Guin, Ursula K.: Lavinia ★★★☆☆
  • Lewis, C.S.: Till We Have Faces ★★★★★
  • Lochhead, Liz: Medea
  • Logue, Christopher: War Music
  • Malouf, David: Ransom ★★★★☆
  • Mason, Zachary: The Lost Books of the Odyssey 
  • McCoullough, Colleen: The Song of Troy
  • Merlis, Mark: An Arrow’s Flight ★★★★★
  • Miller, Madeline: Circe ★★★☆☆
  • Miller, Madeline: The Song of Achilles ★★★★★
  • Oswald, Alice: Memorial
  • Peterson, Lisa & O’Hare, Denis: An Iliad ★★★★★
  • Phillips, Marie: Gods Behaving Badly
  • Renault, Mary: The King Must Die
  • Ruhl, Sarah: Eurydice ★★★☆☆
  • Shakespeare, William: Troilus and Cressida 
  • Shamsie, Kamila: Home Fire ★★★★☆
  • Shields, Sharma: The Cassandra
  • Smith, Ali: Girl Meets Boy
  • Smith, Ali: The Story of Antigone 
  • Tempest, Kate: Hold Your Own
  • Toibin, Colm: House of Names ★★★☆☆
  • Vann, David: Bright Air Black ★★★★★
  • Wolf, Christa: Cassandra 
  • Wolf, Christa: Medea ★★★★★

Historical Fiction About Ancient Greece & Real Life Classics Figures

  • Graves, Robert: Homer’s Daughter
  • Malouf, David: An Imaginary Life (Ovid) ★★★★☆
  • McCoullough, Colleen: The First Man in Rome
  • Renault, Mary: the Alexander the Great Trilogy
  • Renault, Mary: The Last of the Wine


  • Alexander, Caroline: The War That Killed Achilles – currently reading/on hold
  • Burkert, Walter: Greek Religion
  • Hamilton, Edith: The Greek Way
  • Hughes, Bettany: Helen of Troy: Goddess, Princess, Whore
  • Kagan, Donald: The Peloponnesian War
  • Wood, Michael: In Search of the Trojan War

Which of these books have you guys read and which ones do you want to read in the future?  And are there any other adult/literary mythology books that should be on my radar?  Comment and let me know!