The eagerly awaited longlist for the Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction 2017 was released today! I love reading the longlist making my own thoughts as to what the shortlist will be and then re-reading the shortlist and deciding my own winner – does anyone else do this? Seeing as it is Women’s History Month you will see quite a lot of female / feminism driven work on this blog and the Bailey’s Women’s Prize For Fiction coincides with that nicely!
Last year’s shortlist was epic – I loved every single one of the books apart from The Portable Veblen (what was all that squirrel talk about really?!). I was super lucky to attend the readings ahead of the annoucement of the winner and hope to be attending again this year.
What I love most about this prize is that is celebrates all women from debut novelists to seasoned authors. I would never have found Ruby by Cynthia Bond or (my favourite and the winner) The Glorious Heresies by Lisa McInerney without this prize.
Here’s the 2017 longlist:
- Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo
- The Power by Naomi Alderman
- Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood
- Little Deaths by Emma Flint
- The Mare by Mary Gaitskill
- The Dark Circle by Linda Grant
- The Lesser Bohemians by Eimear McBride
- Midwinter by Fiona Melrose
- The Sport of Kings by C.E. Morgan
- The Woman Next Door by Yewande Omotoso
- The Lonely Hearts Hotel by Heather O’Neill
- The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry
- Barkskins by Annie Proulx
- First Love by Gwendoline Riley
- Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeline Thein (which was also shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2016)
- The Gustav Sonata by Rose Tremain
You can read more about the longlisted novels on the Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction’s Website.
I am particularly looking forward to reading The Lesser Bohemians and The Dark Circle but I will attempt to give as many a read as possible!
Whilst I’m disappointed that Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi is not on the list and only three debuts (highlighted above) on the longlist this is a great longlist which I cannot wait to get my teeth into!
Have any of you read any of the longlisted novels? You can see my reviews for the ones I have read so far by following the link. I would recommend Hannah’s review of The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry – it sums up the book brilliantly!
You can see my post on the shortlist here.
Thanks for reading – I hope you enjoyed it!