Baileys’ Women’s Prize for Fiction 2015 – shortlist

The Shortlist 2015 has been announced!!

The Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction – the UK’s only annual book award for fiction written by a woman – is delighted to announce the 2015 shortlist. This year’s six shortlisted books’ selection includes five previously shortlisted authors and one debut novelist. Chair of judges, Shami Chakrabarti, says of the shortlist, “The novels we shared and the shortlist we ultimately honour form a body of great women’s writing to entertain and inspire for many years to come.”

Outline” by Rachel Cusk (Goldsmiths Prize 2014 Nominee, Folio Prize 2015 Nominee), now read, 8/10

The Bees” by Laline Paull, now read, 5/10

“A God in Every Stone” by Kamila Shamsie (Shortlisted for the Walter Scott prize 2015), now read, 7/10

How To Be Both” by Ali Smith (Man Booker Prize 2014 Shortlist, Costa Book of the Year Award 2014, Specsavers National Award Author of the Year Shortlist 2014, Folio Prize 2015 Nominee), now read, 10/10

A Spool of Blue Thread” by Anne Tyler (Pulitzer Prizewinner in 1989 for “Breathing Lessons”), now read, 9/10

The Paying Guests” by Sarah Waters (Shortlisted for the Walter Scott prize) – read, 10/10.

Hopefully on schedule to have read them all by the beginning of June… UPDATE 28 MAY – MISSION ACCOMPLISHED. UPDATE : PRIZEWINNER ANNOUNCED 3rd JUNE, see review.

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11 Responses to Baileys’ Women’s Prize for Fiction 2015 – shortlist

  1. Julie says:

    Looking forward to hearing your reviews on the 5 books not yet reviewed. I’m assuming the novelist not previously shortlisted is Laline Paull (THE BEES) as she has no remarks next to her name? What an achievement. Straight in there with a debut novel…

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  2. So much for not buying any new books before the summer, huh. “The Bees” is apparently a step back into a dystopian world – after “Station Eleven” feel poised for disappointment, so hoping this will prove me wrong? But, as you say, to be nominated for a debut novel can’t be bad… Have bitten the bullet and ordered the missing books, so will get my head down as they arrive. Nx


  3. Hi Kay, “L.O.Y” sitting on the bookshelf here too, has gone straight onto the Wish List – and see that ‘Time Magazine’ named it a Top 10 book of 1995. A.T. looks to be the most ‘mature’ writer on the list, good that it is not entirely made up of spring chickens – she’s also the sole American novelist this time round. Can’t wait for the books to arrive now. xx


  4. timpa59 says:

    I think you’ve got your work cut out… but inspiring work it is too! T x

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  5. Dear “Mr T”, it is manna for the soul, but heart-wrenching that there are so many books published before 2014/15 still unread – there is truly no end to it. Love “Mrs N”.

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  6. timpa59 says:

    Mrs N, I’m sure you wouldn’t want an end… it should be forever a joy without limit. Mr T

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