Here’s a little something for International Women’s Day: Saturday 8th March 2014. It’s a good day for mulling over the longlist for the Baileys’ Women’s Prize for Fiction 2014 (formerly Orange Prize for Fiction).
- Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – Americanah
- Margaret Atwood – MaddAddam
- Suzanne Berne – The Dogs of Littlefield
- Fatima Bhutto – The Shadow of the Crescent Moon
- Claire Cameron – The Bear
- Lea Carpenter – Eleven Days
- M.J. Carter – The Strangler Vine
- Eleanor Catton – The Luminaries
- Deborah Kay Davies – Reasons She Goes to the Woods
- Elizabeth Gilbert – The Signature of All Things
- Hannah Kent – Burial Rites
- Rachel Kushner – The Flamethrowers
- Jhumpa Lahiri – The Lowland
- Audrey Magee – The Undertaking
- Eimear McBride – A Girl Is A Half-Formed Thing
- Charlotte Mendelson – Almost English
- Anna Quindlen – Still Life with Bread Crumbs
- Elizabeth Strout – The Burgess Boys
- Donna Tartt – The Goldfinch
- Evie Wyld – All The Birds, Singing
20 titles. Have you read any of the longlist yet? I’ve read one and a half, so lots to consider for future reading. Let’s hear it for the newcomers on the list: six are first novels and seven are second novels. And I’m keen to read Canadian novelist Clair Cameron’s The Bear. She wrote The Line Painter. Which books will make it to the shortlist on April 7th? Doesn’t this list make you proud of women’s writing?
These were the predictions of the blogger Farm Lane Books. Didn’t she do well?
And it’s a good day for women readers because Womankind and Bloomsbury have teamed up to make International Women’s Day Book List. There are 10 books on the list and I’ve only heard of one of them. But they all look very interesting. Okay, yet more for the tbr pile.
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