Ali Smith, How to Be BothCongratulations to Ali Smith! Her novel How to Be Both was named as this year’s winner of the Bailey’s Prize.

I’m always pleased to celebrate the Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction (formerly the Orange Prize).

I’ve already posted the 2015 short list on my site, and I don’t envy the judges for what must have been a difficult decision. I look forward to reading this year’s winner.

From the short list, I’ve only read Rachel Cusk’s excellent Outline, but Anne Tyler’s A Spool of Blue Thread and Sarah Waters’ The Paying Guests are on my summer reading list.

I enjoyed the Writes of Women’s enjoyable posts on their Shadow Bailey’s Prize judging – where Ali Smith’s How to Be Both also came out on top. Next year, let’s see if they manage two in a row.

However you look at it, this award focuses (much-needed) attention on all the talented women authors out there.

Congratulations to Ali Smith and all the authors of the short-listed books this year. You’ve provided us with a  wonderful summer reading list!