Baileys’ Women’s Prize for Fiction 2015 – winner

Just let out a yelp of joy that was so heartfelt – and loud – that the cat has promptly skedaddled out of the room in horror.  Thrilled to bits to confirm that the winner for the Bailey’s prize for this year is none other than Ali Smith for How To Be Both, reviewed last month. The perfect choice – and no egg on my fresco after all!

The Guardian as always first to cover it – read tonight’s article here:

“ “I think she is a literary genius,” said Chakrabarti, director of the civil rights group Liberty. “I haven’t felt that way about reading since I was doing my English A-levels. It reminded me of what it felt like reading Virginia Woolf, James Joyce, all of the greats … that this is not a good book, this is a great book, and people are going to be reading it long after I’m dead.” ”

While the same Guardian had the bookies routing for Sarah Water’s “The Paying Guests” first thing this morning, it is also quick to highlight what separates Smith’s writing from the crowds here

Get the Baileys out, time for a quick celebratory nightcap. And if you have half an hour to spare, the speeches shown of the 2015 Prize’s live stream via The Huffington Post UK website are a celebration of female literary talent and pursuing a passion, and are well worth a watch.

After all that excitement, am planning on keeping abreast of #ThisBookClub shenanigans during the year – see the recent initiative to find out who recommends what to whom on the Baileys’ prize website, as celebrities like sisters Emily and Felicity Blunt share each other’s current reads of “Life After Life” and “A Visit from the Goon Squad” – and take a nosy at the “The Brilliant Woman’s Guide to a Very Modern Book Club” here. Which reminds me, still have ten books to go for Mission Accomplished on previous Baileys’ winners, fallen a bit behind on that front recently…no rest for the wicked.

Image taken from here.
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12 Responses to Baileys’ Women’s Prize for Fiction 2015 – winner

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  4. Caroline says:

    Like! 😉

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  5. susan says:

    Like! A worthy winner, a wonderful writer and word-smith is that Ali Smith!

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  6. Hi Susan, know you were planning on starting HTBB soon and am dying to have your views on it post read. Do you think Ali Smith will still guest direct at the Brighton Festival next year? Nx


  7. susan says:

    Yes I am looking forward to reading it. I love the enthusiasm of your whooping with joy review! The festival usually has a different Director each year. xx

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  8. Hoping to find a way to attend one of these festivals by hook or by crook. Bit of forward planning in order. Sun is cracking the flags this end, hope same that end! xx


    • susan says:

      I am loving the book so far and my book starts with the Italian painter shooting up and out of the earth! It is cold and windy here! xx

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      • Just back from 4 days in the UK scooping up the Boy and have had to exercise great restraint and not go looking for more book purchases – need to get cracking with what have already got on the boil, but most keen to get your review of this book when you have finished it, Nicola xx


  9. Denise says:

    I really wasn’t sure about ordering this, because it received quite mixed reviews on Amazon. I’m glad I did now and looking forward to reading it, following your obvious love for it. Isn’t it strange what tickles the public’s fancy?

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  10. Hi Denise, do suggest you make sure you begin with the Part One that is set in modern day and then head into the second section as I think to do it the other way round makes it a very tough read. Let me know what you think when you have finished it, x


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