Tag Archive: Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction

Apr 17

Week 15: Lots of Nominees, Exposition Sucks and Great World Building but Shame about the Story…

Books Read Barsk: The Elephant’s Graveyard by Lawrence M. Schoen Updraft by Fran Wilde Currently Reading  The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood (1) The nominees for two major awards were announced this week.  The first was the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction: Cynthia Bond: Ruby Anne Enright: The Green Road Lisa McInerney: The Glorious Heresies …

Continue reading »

Dec 24

Book Review: The Bees by Laline Paul

I finish a book about talking animals (Bete by Adam Roberts) and replace it with a novel about talking bees. Well, I say talking bees but the drones, foragers and sages that form the world of Laline Paull’s debut novel, the imaginatively titled The Bees, don’t speak in any language that would be recognisable to …

Continue reading »

Oct 06

Book Review: A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler

Bottom Line A well written family drama about the Whitshank family that I never truly engaged with. Representative Paragraph One of the characters in the novel is the house on Bouton Road that was built and maintained by Junior Whitshank, Red’s father, for the Brill family.  It’s a house that Junior loves, that one day he dreams …

Continue reading »

Jun 08

And the Winner of the Baileys Prize is…

… the magnificent How To Be Both by Ali Smith. Obviously I’m delighted by this choice, given how much I adored the Smith.  And it’s increasingly looking like that How To Be Both is going to go down as the most nominated and awarded novel of the 2014/15 literary season.* Now, to be fair, I’ve still …

Continue reading »

Apr 14

Nominees announced for the Baileys Women’s Prize For Fiction

Announced yesterday (or earlier this morning my time) were the six nominees for the Baileys Women’s Prize For Fiction.  You can check out the very schmick website here or, you know, lower your eyes and check out my faithful and mostly accurate reproduction of the list: Rachel Cusk – Outline Laline Paull – The Bees Kamila …

Continue reading »

Nov 18

Book Review: Outline by Rachel Cusk

The TL;DR Review For Those Who Haven’t Read The Book  What’s The Book About? Faye flies to Greece to give a two-day writing class.  Each chapter is made up of the conversations she has on her trip.  It’s also a book where the narrator barely makes an impression and what’s discussed mostly centres on broken …

Continue reading »