Starting on the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction Longlist

I like to occasionally read prize lists (see my Man Booker readalongs). I have seen that this year Claire is reading the Bailey’s longlist, and picked up a review of a book that made me want to read it. Plus I’d already read one, and another was on the list for later this year, so I rapidly decided to tackle the whole list:

Stay With Me, Ayobami Adebayo – ordered
The Power, Naomi Alderman – reserved
Hag-Seed, Margaret Atwood – bought
Little Deaths, Emma Flint – reserved
The Mare, Mary Gaitskill
The Dark Circle, Linda Grant – read
The Lesser Bohemians, Eimear McBride – didn’t finish
Midwinter, Fiona Melrose – reserved
The Sport of Kings, C.E. Morgan – read
The Woman Next Door, Yewande Omotoso – reserved
The Lonely Hearts Hotel, Heather O’Neill
The Essex Serpent, Sarah Perry
Barkskins, Annie Proulx – reserved
First Love, Gwendoline Riley – reserved
Do Not Say We Have Nothing, Madeleine Thien – read
The Gustav Sonata, Rose Tremain – reserved

The Lesser Bohemians is now on order at the library and Hag-Seed has been bought. Lets do this before the result is announced.


Somewhat defeated by the scale of this task, I have prioritised this down to the shortlist:

Stay With Me, Ayobami Adebayo – ordered
The Power, Naomi Alderman – reserved
The Dark Circle, Linda Grant – read
The Sport of Kings, C.E. Morgan – read
First Love, Gwendoline Riley – reserved
Do Not Say We Have Nothing, Madeleine Thien – read

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