• Recent Nonfiction Highlights: The 2024 Women’s Prize Shortlist - Thunderclap: A Memoir of Art and Life and Sudden Death by Laura Cumming
  • Recent Nonfiction Highlights: The 2024 Women’s Prize Shortlist - A Flat Place by Noreen Masud
  • Recent Nonfiction Highlights: The 2024 Women’s Prize Shortlist - Code Dependent: Living in the Shadow of AI by Madhumita Murgia
  • Recent Nonfiction Highlights: The 2024 Women’s Prize Shortlist - Doppelganger: A Trip into the Mirror World by Naomi Klein
  • Recent Nonfiction Highlights: The 2024 Women’s Prize Shortlist - All That She Carried: The Journey of Ashley's Sack, a Black Family Keepsake by Tiya Miles
  • Recent Nonfiction Highlights: The 2024 Women’s Prize Shortlist - How to Say Babylon: A Memoir by Safiya Sinclair

Recent Nonfiction Highlights: The 2024 Women’s Prize Shortlist, recommended by Suzannah Lipscomb

Since 1996, the Women’s Prize has been awarded the best new novels by female writers. This year, for the very first time, an equivalent prize has been established for female nonfiction writers—whose books receive less coverage and lower advances than those of their male counterparts. Suzannah Lipscomb, historian and chair of the inaugural judging panel, introduces us to the six books that made the 2024 Women’s Prize for Nonfiction shortlist.

  • The Best Science Fiction: The 2024 Arthur C. Clarke Award Shortlist - Chain Gang All Stars: A Novel by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah
  • The Best Science Fiction: The 2024 Arthur C. Clarke Award Shortlist - The Ten Percent Thief by Lavanya Lakshminarayan
  • The Best Science Fiction: The 2024 Arthur C. Clarke Award Shortlist - In Ascension by Martin MacInnes
  • The Best Science Fiction: The 2024 Arthur C. Clarke Award Shortlist - The Mountain in the Sea by Ray Nayler
  • The Best Science Fiction: The 2024 Arthur C. Clarke Award Shortlist - Some Desperate Glory by Emily Tesh
  • The Best Science Fiction: The 2024 Arthur C. Clarke Award Shortlist - Corey Fah Does Social Mobility: A Novel by Isabel Waidner

The Best Science Fiction: The 2024 Arthur C. Clarke Award Shortlist, recommended by Andrew M. Butler

Every year, the judges for the Arthur C. Clarke Award highlight the best of the latest batch of science fiction books. In 2024, the six-strong shortlist includes an exploration of octopus intelligence, a queer space opera, and a dystopian novel hailed as the new Hunger Games. Andrew M. Butler, academic and chair of the judges, talks us through the finalists for the title of sci fi novel of the year.

  • The Best Novels in Translation: The 2024 International Booker Prize Shortlist - Not a River: A Novel by Selva Almada, translated by Annie McDermott
  • The Best Novels in Translation: The 2024 International Booker Prize Shortlist - Crooked Plow: A Novel by Itamar Vieira Junior, translated by Johnny Lorenz
  • The Best Novels in Translation: The 2024 International Booker Prize Shortlist - Mater 2-10 by Hwang Sok-yong, translated by Sora Kim-Russell & Youngjae Josephine Bae
  • The Best Novels in Translation: The 2024 International Booker Prize Shortlist - What I’d Rather Not Think About by Jente Posthuma, translated by Sarah Timmer Harvey
  • The Best Novels in Translation: The 2024 International Booker Prize Shortlist - Kairos by Jenny Erpenbeck, translated by Michael Hofmann
  • The Best Novels in Translation: The 2024 International Booker Prize Shortlist - The Details: A Novel by Ia Genberg, translated by Kira Josefsson

The Best Novels in Translation: The 2024 International Booker Prize Shortlist, recommended by Eleanor Wachtel

Every year, the judges for the International Booker Prize read dozens of novels newly translated into English before compiling their shortlist of the very best. We spoke to the Canadian broadcaster Eleanor Wachtel—who chaired this year’s jury—about the six books they’ve selected in 2024: from a slim, elliptical Swedish novel about contemporary relationships to a multi-generational epic set in 20th-century Korea.

  • The Best Nonfiction of the Past Quarter Century: The Baillie Gifford Prize Winner of Winners - Peacemakers by Margaret MacMillan
  • The Best Nonfiction of the Past Quarter Century: The Baillie Gifford Prize Winner of Winners - 1599: A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare by James Shapiro
  • The Best Nonfiction of the Past Quarter Century: The Baillie Gifford Prize Winner of Winners - Nothing to Envy by Barbara Demick
  • The Best Nonfiction of the Past Quarter Century: The Baillie Gifford Prize Winner of Winners - Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty by Patrick Radden Keefe
  • The Best Nonfiction of the Past Quarter Century: The Baillie Gifford Prize Winner of Winners - Into the Silence: The Great War, Mallory and the Conquest of Everest by Wade Davis
  • The Best Nonfiction of the Past Quarter Century: The Baillie Gifford Prize Winner of Winners - One Two Three Four: The Beatles in Time by Craig Brown

The Best Nonfiction of the Past Quarter Century: The Baillie Gifford Prize Winner of Winners, recommended by Sophie Roell

“All the best stories are true” runs the tagline of the Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction, the UK’s pre-eminent nonfiction book award. This year, to celebrate the prize’s 25th birthday, a panel of judges picked out books for a winner of winners award, making for an excellent collection of nonfiction books from the last quarter of a century, as Five Books editor Sophie Roell explains.

  • The 2023 Women’s Prize for Fiction Shortlist - Black Butterflies by Priscilla Morris
  • The 2023 Women’s Prize for Fiction Shortlist - Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver
  • The 2023 Women’s Prize for Fiction Shortlist - The Marriage Portrait: A Novel by Maggie O'Farrell & narrated by Genevieve Gaunt
  • The 2023 Women’s Prize for Fiction Shortlist - Pod by Laline Paull
  • The 2023 Women’s Prize for Fiction Shortlist - Fire Rush by Jacqueline Crooks
  • The 2023 Women’s Prize for Fiction Shortlist - Trespasses by Louise Kennedy

The 2023 Women’s Prize for Fiction Shortlist, recommended by Cal Flyn

Every year, the Women’s Prize for Fiction highlights the best novels written by women over the previous twelve months. In 2023, the six-strong Women’s Prize shortlist features the latest books by beloved bestsellers Barbara Kingsolver and Maggie O’Farrell, plus a debut novel set during the siege of Sarajevo and a book told primarily from the point of view of a dolphin.

  • The Best Biographies of 2023: The National Book Critics Circle Shortlist - G-Man: J. Edgar Hoover and the Making of the American Century by Beverly Gage
  • The Best Biographies of 2023: The National Book Critics Circle Shortlist - The Grimkés: The Legacy of Slavery in an American Family by Kerri K. Greenidge
  • The Best Biographies of 2023: The National Book Critics Circle Shortlist - Mr. B: George Balanchine’s Twentieth Century by Jennifer Homans
  • The Best Biographies of 2023: The National Book Critics Circle Shortlist - Metaphysical Animals: How Four Women Brought Philosophy Back to Life by Clare Mac Cumhaill & Rachael Wiseman
  • The Best Biographies of 2023: The National Book Critics Circle Shortlist - Up from the Depths: Herman Melville, Lewis Mumford, and Rediscovery in Dark Times by Aaron Sachs

The Best Biographies of 2023: The National Book Critics Circle Shortlist, recommended by Elizabeth Taylor

Talented biographers examine the interplay between individual qualities and greater social forces, explains Elizabeth Taylor—chair of the judges for the 2023 National Book Critics Circle award for biography. Here, she offers us an overview of their five-book shortlist, including a garlanded account of the life of J. Edgar Hoover and a group biography of post-war female philosophers.

  • The Best Historical Fiction: The 2023 Walter Scott Prize Shortlist - These Days by Lucy Caldwell
  • The Best Historical Fiction: The 2023 Walter Scott Prize Shortlist - I Am Not Your Eve by Devika Ponnambalam
  • The Best Historical Fiction: The 2023 Walter Scott Prize Shortlist - The Sun Walks Down by Fiona McFarlane
  • The Best Historical Fiction: The 2023 Walter Scott Prize Shortlist - Ancestry: A Novel by Simon Mawer
  • The Best Historical Fiction: The 2023 Walter Scott Prize Shortlist - The Chosen by Elizabeth Lowry
  • The Best Historical Fiction: The 2023 Walter Scott Prize Shortlist - The Geometer Lobachevsky by Adrian Duncan

The Best Historical Fiction: The 2023 Walter Scott Prize Shortlist, recommended by Cal Flyn

Every year, the judges for the Walter Scott Prize highlight the best new historical fiction. In 2023, the shortlisted books include a slow-burn mystery set in colonial Australia and a thrilling new novel from the author of Fatherland. Cal Flyn, our deputy editor, takes us through the seven books that are set 60+ years in the past and yet speak to the present.

  • The Best Science Fiction of 2023: The Arthur C. Clarke Award Shortlist - Venomous Lumpsucker: A Novel by Ned Beauman
  • The Best Science Fiction of 2023: The Arthur C. Clarke Award Shortlist - The Red Scholar's Wake by Aliette de Bodard
  • The Best Science Fiction of 2023: The Arthur C. Clarke Award Shortlist - Plutoshine by Lucy Kissick
  • The Best Science Fiction of 2023: The Arthur C. Clarke Award Shortlist - The Anomaly by Hervé le Tellier, translated by Adriana Hunter
  • The Best Science Fiction of 2023: The Arthur C. Clarke Award Shortlist - The Coral Bones by E.J. Swift
  • The Best Science Fiction of 2023: The Arthur C. Clarke Award Shortlist - Metronome by Tom Watson

The Best Science Fiction of 2023: The Arthur C. Clarke Award Shortlist, recommended by Tom Hunter

Every year, the judges of the Arthur C Clarke Award select the best sci-fi novels of the previous twelve months. We asked prize director Tom Hunter to talk us through the six science fiction books that made the 2023 shortlist—including a space opera romance and a high-concept action thriller that has already won the most prestigious award in Francophone literature.

  • The Best Travel Books of 2023: The Stanford Travel Writing Awards - In The Shadow of the Mountain by Silvia Vasquez-Lavado
  • The Best Travel Books of 2023: The Stanford Travel Writing Awards - High: A Journey Across the Himalaya, Through Pakistan, India, Bhutan, Nepal, and China by Erika Fatland, translated by Kari Dickson
  • The Best Travel Books of 2023: The Stanford Travel Writing Awards - Crossed Off the Map: Travels in Bolivia by Shafik Meghji
  • The Best Travel Books of 2023: The Stanford Travel Writing Awards - The Slow Road to Tehran: A Revelatory Bike Ride through Europe and the Middle East by Rebecca Lowe
  • The Best Travel Books of 2023: The Stanford Travel Writing Awards - The Po: An Elegy for Italy's Longest River by Tobias Jones

The Best Travel Books of 2023: The Stanford Travel Writing Awards, recommended by Cal Flyn

Every year, Stanfords, the best travel bookshop in the world (in our view), sponsors the Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards, with travel writers and journalists judging the best travel book in a number of categories. Here Cal Flyn, our deputy editor, takes us through the eight books shortlisted for the 2023 ‘Travel Book of the Year’ award, taking us from Bolivia to Singapore via Europe, the Middle East and the top of Mt. Everest.