We’re delighted to announce the fantastic 2019 Women’s Prize for Fiction judging panel.

Chair of Judges, Professor Kate Williams, author and historian, is joined by Arifa Akbar, journalist and critic; Dolly Alderton, columnist, broadcaster and author; Leyla Hussein, campaigner and psychotherapist and digital entrepreneur Sarah Wood.

Professor Kate Williams said: “I am very honoured to be chairing the judging panel for the 2019 Women’s Prize for Fiction alongside such an incredible and inspiring group of women. The works of female writers continue to move, challenge and entertain us – as well as open up new perspectives onto our world. At this point in history, the need for different kinds of voices is more pressing than ever, and I’m looking forward to discussing this year’s nominated books with my fellow judges.

Want to find out what makes this year’s judges tick? Watch the below video and get to know them a little better.