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  Women's Watershed Fiction 14 September 2004  
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Help us find the top 10 novels that have changed the way we see women by nominating your choice

Woman's Hour invites you to nominate the novel which has spoken to you on a personal level. It may have changed the way you look at yourself or simply made you happy to be a woman. As a man, it may have affected your understanding of the women in your life. Your selection can be written by a man or a woman, in this country or abroad, as long as it touched your life in some way. 

Jenni talks to Lisa Jardine, who's chaired prizes including the Man Booker Prize and has conducted research for the Orange Prize for Fiction to come up with an initial Top 5 from a longlist of 40 novels. They're joined by Jackie Kay, whose novel Trumpet has changed lives, and Radio 4's Open Book presenter and former Man Booker Prize judge, Mariella Frostrup, to discuss what makes a Watershed book.

So start thinking which novel made a difference, gave you hope, kick-started a course of action, or changed your mind.

14 September:
Nominations open

22 October:     
Nominations close at noon

1 November:     
The longlist of 30 novels is announced on Woman's Hour and published here simultaneously. Voting opens for the shortlist of 10

12 November:  
Voting for the shortlist of 10 closes at noon

8 December:    
The top 10 novels are announced with a special programme from the Norfolk & Norwich Millennium Library in front of a studio audience. The list will also be published on this website.

What you have to do
Now all you have to do is nominate a novel by filling in the email form below. We would like to ask some listeners to talk on air about the book they have nominated and we may contact you at a later date for this purpose. You are under no obligation to take part.  We may also publish some of your comments on this website. Please read the Terms and Conditions of Entry carefully.

Woman's Hour have teamed up with Community Service Volunteers to enable reading groups around the country to come together and discuss and nominate their choices. Find out more...

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You can find out more about other books items broadcast onWoman's Hour by going to our books archive.

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