In its inaugural year, the Women’s Prize for Non-Fiction provides a platform for non-fiction written by women that has been previously overlooked and underestimated.

We are bursting with excitement as we introduce to you the inaugural 2024 Women’s Prize for Non-Fiction longlist.

From gripping memoirs and polemic narratives, to groundbreaking investigative journalism and revisionist history, these 16 titles will change the way you view the non-fiction section of the bookshop.

Whether you are a seasoned non-fiction reader or considering trying for the first time, with this list you have at your fingertips a breadth of titles that reflects the quality and ambition of non-fiction writing by women around the globe that spark curiosity and might just change the world.

Reading for the Women’s Prize for Non-Fiction has been a revelation and a joy. I am very proud to introduce the sensational books that make up the inaugural Longlist. Buy them, borrow them, above all read them, and in so doing you’ll be elevating women’s voices and female perspectives in a whole range of disciplines and on a whole host of topics.

Professor Susannah Lipscomb, chair of judges, broadcaster and writer

The list features seven debut writers, two international bestsellers, two poets and five journalists. So, are you ready to meet our sister prize, its incredible longlisted titles and the brilliant writers behind them?

The full list in alphabetical order by author surname is: