Well, I didn’t see this one coming. Congratulations to Ali Smith for winning this year’s Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction for her unusual novel, How To Be Both! For more info, click here.
There are a lot of literary prizes being awarded these days. I tend to look at prize-winning authors and books as a filter. I know this is a flawed method, but in a world with so many books and so little time, I have to rely on something to help me whittle down my choices.
One of the prizes I follow is the Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction. The 2015 winner will be announced June 3rd. The short list is:
- Rachel Cusk for Outline
- Laline Paull for The Bees
- Kamila Shamsie for A God In Every Stone
- Ali Smith for How To Be Both
- Anne Tyler for A Spool of Blue Thread
- Sarah Waters for The Paying Guests
Of these books, I had difficulty getting into two of them: How to be Both, and The Bees. In fact, I put them down after a few pages. If one of them wins on June 3rd, I imagine I’ll pick it up again! I have a feeling Sarah Waters is going to take the prize, but we shall see!