The Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction Shortlist.
The short list for the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction was released earlier this week. Firstly, my prediction in my podcast ‘The Long list‘ that Margret Attwood would be this year’s eventually winner was completely wrong, her book ‘Hag Seed’ has failed to make it on to the short list, along with another 9 authors from the original 16 long list entries.
But 6 female authors have made the cut. The eventual winner will be announced on June 7th. Lets take a look at the short list authors:
Do Not Say We Have Nothing – Madeleine Thien
Madeleine is a Canadian writer and ‘Do Not Say We Have Nothing’ is her 3rd novel. She has also won the Frankfurt Book Fair’s 2015 LiBeraturpries prize for her novel ‘Dogs at the Perimeter’.
In the aftermath of the Tiananmen Square protests, 10 year old Marie and her mother invite Ai-Ming into their home. She has fled China. Ai-Meng forms a friendship with Marie and tells her of the events leading to the Beijing demonstrations of 1989. The novel also follows the struggle of 3 musicians during China’s relentless Cultural Revolution.
First Love – Gwendoline Riley
Gwendoline is a British writer and ‘First Love’ is her 6th novel.
Neve recalls the decisions that led her to her current marriage with an older man. She tells of other loves and other debts – a bullying father, a self-involved mother and a musician who played her.
“A bullying father, a self-involved mother and a musician who played her.”
Stay With Me – Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ
One of the debut novelists in this years Long list Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ is a Nigerian writer and ‘Stay With Me’ is her first novel.
A tale about our desperate attempts to save ourselves and the ones we love from heartbreak. Yejide is hoping for a miracle, for a child. She has tried everything from medicine to praying to God. Her relatives insist on a different choice which will lead to jealously, betrayal and despair.
“A tale about our desperate attempts to save ourselves and the ones we love from heartbreak.”
The Dark Circle – Linda Grant
Previous winner Linda Grant is British writer and ‘The Dark Circle’ is her 6th novel. She won the prize back in 2000 with her novel ‘When I Lived in Modern Times’. She has won a number of other awards including The David Higham First Novel Prize, South Bank Show Literature award and the Lettre Ulysses prize for Literary Reportage.
Twins with Tuberculosis are sent to Kent for a cure from the one year old NHS. Trapped in a sterile, closed environment with strangers of wider knowledge than they have ever known. Big ideas about how to break out of the holds of the authorities come to light.
The Power – Naomi Alderman
Naomi Alderman is a British writer and ‘The Power’ is her 4th novel. She has previously won the Orange award for New Writers.
Someday, in the near future, girls find that with the flick of a hand they can inflict agonising pain and even death. What if the power were in women’s hands?
“What if the power were in women’s hands?”
The Sport of Kings – C.E. Morgan
C.E. Morgan is an American writer and ‘The Sport of Kings’ is her 2nd novel.
I found this novel a bit hard to summarise. I have included the blurb below so you can make up your own minds about what the story is about:
‘Hellsmouth, an indomitable thoroughbred filly, runs for the glory of the Forge family, one of Kentucky’s oldest and most powerful dynasties. Henry Forge has partnered with his daughter, Henrietta, in an endeavour of raw obsession: to breed a champion.
But when Allmon Shaughnessy, an ambitious young black man, comes to work on their farm after a stint in prison, the violence of the Forges’ history and the exigencies of appetite are brought starkly into view. Entangled by fear, prejudice and lust, the three tether their personal dreams of glory to the speed and power of Hellsmouth.’
“The three tether their personal dreams of glory to the speed and power of Hellsmouth”
Now it is up to the judges to decide who will take home the prize on the 7th June. Do you have any predictions – let me know in the comments! My money is now on “The Power’!
All images in this post were sourced from Grazia.
The featured image was sourced from the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction website.