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!