Bailey's PrizeThe Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction shortlist is out.

I love following the Bailey’s Prize (formerly the Orange prize).

There has been some criticism that there is no longer any need for a separate prize for female authors, but if the final list of last year’s Booker prize (see my earlier post) is anything to go by, this seems a bit of a fairy-tale.

Since I skewer more heavily in favor of women authors, this short list helps inform my upcoming summer reading, I’m always on the lookout for the shortlist.

And what an impressive short list it is:

  • Rachel Cusk – Outline
  • Laline Paull – The Bees
  • Kamila Shamsie – A God in Every Stone
  • Ali Smith – How To Be Both
  • Anne Tyler – A Spool of Blue Thread (see my earlier post on Tyler)
  • Sarah Waters – the Paying Guests

The winner will be named 3 June.

Congratulations to all finalists – and happy reading to the rest of us!