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Arundhati Roy, Meena Kandasamy in UK women's fiction prize longlist

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Two Indian authors are among 16 from around the world to make the cut for the UKs annual Womens Prize for Fiction longlist released in today to coincide with the

Arundhati Roy's second work of fiction, 'The Ministry of Utmost Happiness', and tale of a violent marriage, 'When I Hit You: Or, A Portrait of the as a Young Wife', are in the running for the 30,000-pound prize set up to celebrate excellence, originality and accessibility in writing by women in English throughout the world.

"What is striking about the list, apart from the wealth of talent, is that women writers refuse to be pigeon-holed. We have searing social realism, adventure, comedy, poetic truths, ingenious plots and unforgettable characters. Women of the world are a literary force to be reckoned with," said Sarah Sands, a of the judges.

Others on this year's list include Kamila Shamsie for 'Home Fire'; for H(A)PPY; for 'The Idiot'; for 'Three Things About Elsie'; for 'Miss Burma'; for 'Manhattan Beach' and for 'The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock'.

The list also includes for 'Sight'; for 'is Completely Fine'; for 'Elmet'; for 'See What I Have Done'; for 'A Boy in Winter'; Kit de Waal for 'The Trick to Time'; and Jesmyn Ward for 'Sing, Unburied, Sing'.

This years longlist covers both new and well-established writers, like Booker Prize-winning Roy, and a range of genres.

There are six first novels on the list and four nationalities are represented including the UK, US and

Roy, 56, who won the for her debut novel 'The God of Small Things' in 1997, had been longlisted for the 2017 Booker for 'The Ministry of Utmost Happiness' but missed out being shortlisted.

Set up in 1996 to celebrate and promote international fiction by women throughout the world to the widest range of readers possible, the Womens Prize for Fiction is awarded for the best full-length novel of the year written by a woman and published in the UK between April 2017 and March 2018.

Any woman writing in English whatever her nationality, country of residence, age or subject matter is eligible.

Sands leads this year's team of judges that include British Indian and broadcaster Anita Anand, Katie Brand, and

The 2018 Womens Prize for Fiction will be awarded on June 6 at an awards ceremony in central

The winner, who will join the likes of previous winners Lionel Shriver, and Zadie Smith, will receive an anonymously endowed cheque for 30,000 pounds and a limited-edition bronze figurine known as a Bessie, created and donated by English

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First Published: Thu, March 08 2018. 15:25 IST