Category Archives: Baileys Prize

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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And the Prize for the Most Evil Woman in Fiction Goes To …

I’m interrupting my series of Bailey’s shortlist reviews to detour into something that I both love and hate in literature.  I love properly evil characters; from Lady Macbeth to Septimus Snape, everyone knows that the characters who really stick with … Continue reading

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‘The Squirreliest Novel I ever read’ – ‘The Portable Veblen’ by Elizabeth McKenzie (2016)

I realise that my title description, ‘the squirreliest novel I ever read’ is not entirely helpful.  It is a bit of the cover quotation by Ursula Le Guin and she did follow it up with ‘I enjoyed it completely,’ but I … Continue reading

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A Typical Bailey’s Read? ‘The Improbability of Love’ by Hannah Rothschild (2015)

I wrote last year about my sometimes ambivalent attitude towards the Bailey’s prize.  In general, I love literary prizes, for a start, they bring books to the forefront of readers’ attention in a busy and overcrowded marketplace.  For myself, I … Continue reading

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Bailey’s Short List!

It’s taken me a while to get over my shock and disappointment that ‘A God in Ruins‘ and ‘Rush Oh!‘ did not make it onto the Bailey’s shortlist this year.  Both were engaging, thought-provoking and insightful reads and on seeing a shortlist filed with … Continue reading

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Of Women and Whaling: ‘Rush Oh!’ by Shirley Barrett (2015)

Back in October, I wrote about my love for Moby Dick, arguing as convincingly as I could that it’s not a book about one man’s quest to kill a malicious marine mammal, but an epic and encyclopedic love ode to … Continue reading

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