Setting the Baileys’s challenge

Up until a couple of years ago, I used to wait with baited breath to find out what the latest ‘Orange Prize for Fiction’ choice was – the award was given to a novel written by a woman, and the winners were inevitably great reads. Oranges have given way to alcoholic drinks, it would appear, and the literary award is now partnered with Baileys and has become the “Baileys’ Women’s Prize for Fiction”.

I am throwing down the gauntlet and challenging the world at large to see what all the fuss is about – by endeavouring to read every title that has been deemed winner of the Prize since it was first inaugurated in 1992. To date, I have ticked the box for almost half of the books – and will aim to crack on and add another one each month between now and the end of December. By that time, we will of course know who has won this year’s competition, and I will be gearing up for next year’s longlist – hoping there will be enough time to have a go at predicting first hand the new winner for next year.

The Baileys’ website gives full details of past winners and the current contenders – and I will update my blog over the forthcoming months to chart my progress. Watch this space, or even better still, join me…

Thoughts on this year’s longlist and the forthcoming shortlist 2015 hot on this heels of this blog.

 Previous winners :

UPDATE 2015 – “How To Be Both” by Ali Smith – read, 10/10

2014 – “A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing” by Eimcar McBride – to read

2013 – “May We Be Forgiven” by A.M. Homes – read, 10/10 – A FAVOURITE READ

2012 – “The Song Of Achilles” by Madeline Miller – now read, 9/10

2011 – “The Tiger’s Wife” by Téa Obreht – read, 7/10

2010 – “The Lacuna” by Barbara Kingsolver – read, 9/10

2009 – “Home” by Marilynne Robinson – read, 7/10

2008 – “The Road Home” by Rose Tremain – now read, 10/10

2007 – “Half of a Yellow Sun” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – read, 10/10 – A FAVOURITE READ, also “Americanah” 10/10 et al

2006 – “On Beauty” by Zadie Smith – read, 7/10

2005 – “We Need to Talk about Kevin” by Lionel Shriver – read,  10/10

2004 – “Small Island” by Andrea Levy – read, 10/10

2003 – “Property” by Valerie Martin – read, 9/10

2002 – “Bel Canto” by Ann Patchett – read, 10/10 – A FAVOURITE READ

2001 – “The Idea of Perfection” by Kate Grenville – now read, 7/10

2000 – “When I Lived in Modern Times” by Linda Grant – to read

1999 – “A Crime in the Neighborhood” by Suzanne Berne – to read

1998 – “Larry’s Party” by Carol Shields – now read, 8/10

1997 – “Fugitive Pieces” by Anne Michaels – to read

1996 – “A Spell of Winter” by Helen Dunmore – now read, 8/10

To be continued…

Images taken from herehere,  here and here.
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