Tag: Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction

The Gustav Sonata by Rose Tremain

Once upon a time (well, a month or so ago) I was determined to read all of this year’s Baileys shortlisted books before the winner was announced. With five days to go and three of the novels not yet read that is most definitely not going to happen. My failure is tempered by the knowledge that I have had to give over precious reading time to … Read More The Gustav Sonata by Rose Tremain

The Dark Circle by Linda Grant

Shortlisted for this year’s Bailey’s Prize, the latest novel from Linda Grant is set in post-war Britain. Eighteen year old Lenny and twin sister Miriam are diagnosed with tuberculosis and sent away from their East End London home to a sanatorium in Kent: the Gwendolyn Downie Memorial Hospital for the Care of Chronic Cases of Tuberculosis (known as the Gwendo). Originally designed with wealthy private patients … Read More The Dark Circle by Linda Grant

The Mare by Mary Gaitskill

This is one of those books that I just can’t make up my mind about. I think I liked it, but there were times while reading where I wondered where it was going. The novel is mainly told through the point of view of Ginger, a forty odd year old recovering alcoholic, and Velvet, eleven years old at the start of the novel. Ginger lives in upstate … Read More The Mare by Mary Gaitskill

The Lesser Bohemians by Eimear McBride

I had no intention of getting on with this book. If it hadn’t been longlisted for the Baileys Prize then I would almost definitely carried on thinking ‘not for me’, just as I did with McBride’s feted debut novel, A Girl is a Half-formed Thing (which I still have not read).  Written in a poetic, stream of consciousness style, this is a novel that … Read More The Lesser Bohemians by Eimear McBride

The Woman Next Door by Yewande Omotoso

After having my mind blown by The Power I needed something a little lighter to read and so I turned to this next in my Baileys Prize TBR pile. The Woman Next Door is the story of two women in their eighties. As the title suggests, Hortensia and Marion live next door to each other in an affluent Cape Town suburb. Hortensia is black, originally from … Read More The Woman Next Door by Yewande Omotoso

The Power by Naomi Alderman

I often read quotes on book jackets and find them either so generic as to be useless, or the book doesn’t live up to the billing. In this case, Margaret Atwood’s quote is entirely apt. It happens slowly at first, but across the world teenage girls are discovering that they have a new ability. Their bodies can generate electricity which can be discharged through … Read More The Power by Naomi Alderman

Books – A Little Life – Hanya Yanagihara

I made it! This was the last book on the Baileys shortlist and I finished with a day to go before the announcement. So – is A Little Life a contender for the prize? This is a weighty book even in paperback form, 720 pages. I don’t mind that. I quite enjoy a longer book as long as it can justify its length. And … Read More Books – A Little Life – Hanya Yanagihara

Books – The Glorious Heresies – Lisa McInerney

Book five in my Bailey’s challenge and The Glorious Heresies was a welcome change of pace after Ruby (and bearing in mind I still have A Little Life to go). This is the debut novel for Lisa McInerney and what a novel it is. Reminiscent of Roddy Doyle, full of that very Irish dark but humorous language that draws you into the characters quickly. … Read More Books – The Glorious Heresies – Lisa McInerney

Ruby – Cynthia Bond

This is a book that promises much. Comparisons to Toni Morrison, Gabriel Garcia Marquez (Guardian) and Alice Walker (Barnes and Noble Review) mean that you cannot come to this book without certain expectations. I was not disappointed. It did remind me very much of Beloved in particular, through haunting lyrical prose, hatred and violence, and the weaving of stories shared by the people of Liberty. … Read More Ruby – Cynthia Bond

The Portable Veblen – Elizabeth McKenzie

Book three and halfway through my challenge to read and review the Baileys shortlist (I’m leaving A Little Life until last as I feel this will be trickiest to get through before 8th June!). I picked up The Portable Veblen next as I love the cover. I will freely admit to being a big fan of squirrels, an animal that features very heavily in … Read More The Portable Veblen – Elizabeth McKenzie

The Improbability of Love – Hannah Rothschild

Next on my TBR pile for the Baileys award was this, the debut novel from Hannah Rothschild. I’ll admit it: I picked it up next because of the eye-catching cover, the rave reviews and because it seemed like a fun read. So did it live up my expectations? From the cover blurb you know to expect a love story. Annie McDee is searching for … Read More The Improbability of Love – Hannah Rothschild

Books – The Green Road – Anne Enright

Having decided that this will be the year I finally read all the books on the shortlist for the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction, it seemed appropriate to begin with this novel. Mainly as I meant to read it last year when it was nominated for the Man Booker. All I knew about the book before picking it up was that it was about … Read More Books – The Green Road – Anne Enright