Category Archives: Baileys Prize

Past and present: ‘The Dark Circle’ by Linda Grant

With the exception of prize shortlist reading, the only books that seem to be grabbing my attention at the moment are those promising cosy escapism.  I want to spend my leisure time in a different time, where the problems seem less … Continue reading

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A Modern Classic: ‘The Power’ by Naomi Alderman

Every now and then you come across a book that feels like a modern classic.  It doesn’t happen often.  The only real example I can think of is when I encountered ‘Citizen‘ by Claudia Rankine; I knew I was reading a book … Continue reading

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‘Stay with Me’ by Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ̀

‘Stay with Me’ by Ayọbámi Adébáyọ is about so many things it’s hard to know where to begin.  From themes which are generally familiar to UK readers (difficult in-laws, neglected childhood, bereavement and infertility) to issues rarely covered in British fiction … Continue reading

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A Potential Great American Novel: ‘The Sport of Kings’ by C E Morgan

‘The Sport of Kings’ is a book that demands attention.  It stood out in the Bailey’s shortlist due to its size – at 560 pages it physically dwarfs all the other nominees; it also probably has my favourite cover on the list … Continue reading

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2017 Bailey’s Shortlist!

Hooray!  Prize season is upon us yet again, and I’ve been steadily working my way through the Bailey’s Shortlist.  I will say upfront that I personally think the winner should be Yewande Omotoso’s superb novel ‘The Woman Next Door‘, which … Continue reading

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As Wonderful As The Title Suggests: ‘The Glorious Heresies’ by Lisa McInerney (2015)

Based on non-statistical and highly unregulated research, I think ‘The Glorious Heresies’ is the Bailey’s shortlister that I have spotted most often on the commuter routes through London.  Whenever I see someone reading on the tube I always try to catch sight of the … Continue reading

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Fighting Pure Evil: ‘Ruby’ by Cynthia Bond (2015)

The cover and title of this book don’t give much away.  Then the first sentence starts to hint at epic American legends, ‘Ruby Bell was a constant reminder of what could befall a woman whose shoe heels were too high. … Continue reading

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