I have just watched the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2013 live stream broadcast on the Huffington Post website. In the build-up towards the big announcement when Miranda Richardson said that the judges were looking for originality, accessibility and excellence, I thought: “It’s got to be ‘Flight Behaviour’! Or ‘Bring Up the Bodies’! Or ‘Life After Life’! One of those three will definitely win it!”
Oh, how wrong I was. Accurate predictions for this type of thing have never been my strong point even when I place my bets on 50% of the shortlist. I have to say I am pretty surprised that the Prize has been awarded to ‘May We Be Forgiven‘ by A. M. Homes. It’s an intriguing book with complex characters and the passage she chose to read from last night at the Southbank Centre was a great example of the dark humour in the opening scenes. However, I still think that there were more consistent books on the shortlist, particularly the three I mentioned above. Congratulations to A. M. Homes all the same though – maybe it’s a good thing that an author who hasn’t previously won major awards gets the spotlight for a while.