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Ce soir, Tania by Arlette GrebelRoman, 1970
La Chineuse by Michèle PerreinRoman, 1971
Un long mois de septembre by Elvire de BrissacRoman, 1972
The Bridge of Beyond by Simone Schwarz-BartRoman, 1973
Un pas vers la mer : roman by Max GalloRoman, 1974
La première habitude by Françoise LefèvreRoman, 1975
Vie et mort de Jean Chalosse, moutonnier des Landes by Roger BoussinotRoman, 1976
La fuite en douce by Guyette LyrRoman, 1977
La Marie-Marraine by Hortense DufourRoman, 1978
La chambre des dames by Jeanne BourinRoman, 1979
A l'autre bout de moi : roman by Marie Thérèse HumbertRoman, 1980
Le rire de Caïn by José-André LacourRoman, 1981
Couvre-feux : roman by Clarisse NicoïdskiRoman, 1982
Le photographe : roman by Paul SavatierRoman, 1983
Les mouchoirs rouges de Cholet by Michel RagonRoman, 1984
La haute saison by Frédéric ReyRoman, 1985
Balthazar, fils de famille by François-Marie BanierRoman, 1986
Wanderweg : roman by Jack-Alain LégerRoman, 1987
De parte de la princesa muerta by Kenizé MouradRoman, 1988
L'année de l'éveil by Charles JulietRoman, 1989
Juliette by Yves BeaucheminRoman, 1990
Le guetteur immobile : roman by Claire BonnaféRoman, 1991
Dining With Proust by Anne BorrelDocument, 1992
Sonate au clair de lune : roman by Nicolas BréhalRoman, 1992
Le jour des fourmis by Bernard WerberRoman, 1993
Le Respect : De l'estime à la déférence : Une question de limite by Catherine AudardDocument, 1993
The Drifting of Spirits by Gisele PineauRoman, 1994
Fanny Stevenson: A Romance of Destiny by Alexandra LapierreDocument, 1994
L'Aventure des langues en Occident by Henriette WalterDocument, 1995
The Blindfold Horse: Memories of a Persian Childhood by Shusha GuppyDocument, 1996
Le Champ de personne by Daniel PicoulyRoman, 1996
Un paisaje de cenizas by Elisabeth GilleRoman, 1997
Truffaut: A Biography by Antoine de BaecqueDocument, 1997
Madame Zola by Evelyne Bloch-DanoDocument, 1998
Saga by Tonino BenacquistaRoman, 1998
The Mark of the Angel by Nancy HustonRoman, 1999
Le Prince foudroyé : La Vie de Nicolas de Stael by Laurent GreilsamerDocument, 1999
Histoire de l'adultère by Sabine Melchior-BonnetDocument, 2000
The Story of Jane by Catherine CussetRoman, 2000
The Gate by François BizotDocument, 2001
L'Evangile selon Pilate by Éric-Emmanuel SchmittRoman, 2001
Have Mercy on Us All by Fred VargasPolicier, 2002
The Pianist: The Extraordinary True Story of One Man's Survival in Warsaw, 1939-1945 by Władysław SzpilmanDocument, 2002
La Table des enfants by Isabelle HausserRoman, 2002
Any Human Heart by William BoydRoman, 2003
Jours de poussière : choses vues en Afghanistan by Jean-Pierre PerrinDocument, 2003
Tell No One by Harlan CobenPolicier, 2003
Shutter Island by Dennis LehanePolicier, 2004
A Small Corner of Hell: Dispatches from Chechnya by Anna PolitkovskajaDocument, 2004
Memory by Philippe GrimbertRoman, 2005
Passage du désir by Dominique SylvainPolicier, 2005
Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books by Azar NafisiDocument, 2005
Dictionnaire égoïste de la littérature française by Charles DantzigDocument, 2006
Kite Runner by Khaled HosseiniRoman, 2006
Tokyo by Mo HayderPolicier, 2006
Arctic Chill by Arnaldur IndriðasonPolicier, 2007
Camille et Paul : La passion Claudel by Dominique BonaDocument, 2007
No Man's Land by Dương Thu HươngRoman, 2007
La femme de l'Allemand by Marie SizunRoman, 2008
Garden of love by Marcus MaltePolicier, 2008
Unbowed: a Memoir by Wangari MaathaiDocument, 2008
The Breakers by Claudie GallayRoman, 2009
sans blessures apparentes by Jean-Paul MariDocument, 2009
Zulu by Caryl FereyPolicier, 2009
The Brutal Art by Jesse KellermanPolicier, 2010
Ce que je sais de Vera Candida by Véronique OvaldéRoman, 2010
L'homme qui m'aimait tout bas by Eric FottorinoDocument, 2010
The Help by Kathryn StockettRoman, 2011
The Neighbor by Lisa GardnerPolicier, 2011
Nos étoiles ont filé by Anne-Marie RevolDocument, 2011
The House at Sugar Beach: In Search of a Lost African Childhood by Helene CooperDocument, 2012
The Keeper of Lost Causes by Jussi Adler-OlsenPolicier, 2012
Nothing Holds Back the Night by Delphine de ViganRoman, 2012
The Elimination: A Survivor of the Khmer Rouge Confronts His Past and the Commandant of the Killing Fields by Rithy PanhDocument, 2013
Gone Girl by Gillian FlynnPolicier, 2013
Heading Out to Wonderful by Robert GoolrickRoman, 2013
Alles ist gutgegangen by Emmanuèle BernheimDocument, 2014
Mind of Winter by Laura KasischkeRoman, 2014
Yeruldelgger by Ian ManookPolicier, 2014
A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony MarraRoman, 2015
Der Geiger: Roman by Mechtild BorrmannPolicier, 2015
L'Amérique des écrivains by Guillaume BinetDocument, 2015

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The Grand prix des lectrices de Elle is a French literary prize awarded by readers of the Elle magazine.

Unlike other literary prizes that have professionals for their juries and selection committees, the Grand prix des lectrices de Elle is a public award, convened and selected by readers of the magazine, and aimed at giving a voice to women who love to read. At its inception in 1969 by Hélène Lazareff, it was awarded solely to novels. From 1977, two categories were recognised - literary fiction and non-fiction. From 2002, crime fiction also came to be awarded.

Until 1992, eight regional committees designated at the first instance books of the month. A national jury then took over to elect the two major prizewinners in the categories of novels and non-fiction. Currently, eight monthly juries of fifteen readers each form the grand jury of 120 readers.

The editor of the Elle magazine makes an initial selection of books, emphasising first works or young authors or new publishers, and systematically eliminating the works that have already won major literary awards such as the Prix Goncourt, Prix Femina or the Prix Médicis. After this, every month from September to April, the eight juries of fifteen readers of Elle magazine deliberate to select their finalists, which in turn will be read by all the juries to select the grand winner in May.

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