Bailey's Prize, books, Reading, Women Writers

The Women’s Prize for Fiction Longlist is Announced!

The real announcement, the once by the judges themselves in all their feminist glory and bookish wisdom, was announced at the stroke of midnight on March 8, and it was, as always, an exciting list.

Three of my predictions made the list. I’ve actually already read and reviewed 6 of the 16 nominees, so I am feeling good about my head start in that department. But most importantly, I am excited at the longlist’s continued improvement when it comes to representation. This year seven of the sixteen nominees are women of color.



This year’s nominees (with links as each is reviewed here) are as follows:

H(A)PPY by Nicola Barker
The Idiot by Elif Batuman
Three Things About Elsie by Joanna Cannon
Miss Burma by Charmaine Craig
Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan
The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gowar
Sight by Jessie Greengrass
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
When I Hit You: Or, A Portrait of the Writer as a Young Wife by Meena Kandasamy
Elmet by Fiona Mozley
The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy
See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt
A Boy in Winter by Rachel Seiffert
Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie
The Trick to Time by Kit de Waal
Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

Bailey's Prize, books, Reading, Women Writers

Women’s Prize for Fiction Announcement Hopes

It is selection night – the night the Women’s Prize for Fiction announces its longlist of nominees – and my feminist , bookish heart beats with anticipation. Since its inception in 1996, I have read all of the Women’s Prize (erstwhile Orange Prize and Bailey’s Prize) winners, and for the past two years, I have read all of the longlist nominees as well. Reading these selected new works by uppity women has been an absolute delight and has introduced me to writers who have become some of my all time favorites, like Ali Smith, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Carol Shields, and Kamila Shamsie.

Here are a few books I would like to see make the list of nominees for this year’s Women’s Prize for Fiction:

Here are links to my reviews of the works pictured above.

Winter – Ali Smith
Little Fires Everywhere- Celeste Ng
What We Lose -Zinzi Clemmons
Sing, Unburied, Sing – Jesmyn Ward
Home Fire – Kamila Shamsie
Hum if You Don’t Know the Words – Bianca Marais

In addition, there are a few books which have been squeaking and squawking at me from atop my TBR which I think may have a chance at appearing on the longlist:

At midnight GMT tonight, we will know for sure. Stay tuned!