Category Archives: Baileys Prize

19 Years at the top of her game: ‘A God in Ruins’ by Kate Atkinson (2014)

A wonderful thing about geekily organising my books in alphabetical order is that when I look at my shelves, the first authors I see are Kate Atkinson, Margaret Atwood and Jane Austen.  A sight to bring joy to any book … Continue reading

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Outline, by Rachel Cusk (2015)

Continuing with my Bailey’s reading, my review of ‘Outline’ by Rachel Cusk is now online at the new edition of Shiny New Books. I’m not going to repeat the review here, only say that I really really enjoyed it.  I did recently … Continue reading

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Ali Smith, ‘How to be Both’ (2014)

It’s hard to think of a book that’s garnered more critical acclaim than Ali Smith’s ‘How to be Both’.  I think it says a lot about my admiration for Smith that it never actually occurred to me that her novel might not … Continue reading

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‘A God in Every Stone’ by Kamila Shamsie (2014)

I was hugely impressed with Shamsie’s previous novel ‘Burnt Shadows’ but, my goodness, it was depressing.  It starts with the atomic bomb in Nagasaki and ends with the trauma of 9/11.  The characters were utterly human which is a polite … Continue reading

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Baileys Prize Thoughts – and congratulations to Ali Smith!

Congratulations to Ali Smith – winner of the of the 2015 Women’s Prize for Fiction! My top three books from the shortlist are ‘A God in Every Stone’, ‘Outline’ and ‘How to be Both’, so I feel very happy with … Continue reading

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Baileys Women’s Prize 2015

There are lots of debates to be had about Book Prizes and there have been years when I’ve missed them all together (usually due to being really disappointed by a rubbish long-list book).  This year however, I’m very excited.  The … Continue reading

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