One of the books which kept cropping up frequently in lots of end-of-year book lists last month was ‘The Power’ by Naomi Alderman and so it got bumped up my TBR list as one of my not-very-festive Christmas holiday reads. The main concept of Alderman’s fourth novel explores what would or could happen in a world where women become more powerful than men in every sense. Due to a mutation caused by a nerve agent used during the Second World War, teenage girls develop the ability to release electrical jolts through their fingertips which can be either harmless or strong enough to kill people. The “power” eventually spreads and although it is initially used by women as a deterrent against violent and abusive men who have oppressed them, it has far-reaching implications beyond that. Continue reading
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This year’s Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction longlist was announced today. The twenty novels are:
Outline by Rachel Cusk Crooked Heart by Lissa Evans Aren’t We Sisters? by Patricia Ferguson I Am China by Xiaolu Guo Dear Thief by Samantha Harvey Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel The Offering by Grace McCleen The Country of Ice Cream Star by Sandra Newman The Girl Who Was Saturday Night by Heather O’Neil The Bees by Laline Paull The Table of Less Valued Knights by Marie Phillips The Walk Home by Rachel Seiffert A God in Every Stone by Kamila Shamsie How to be Both by Ali Smith The Shore by Sara Taylor A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters After Before by Jemma Wayne The Life of a Banana by PP Wong
This week, analysis of 40,000 active Goodreads users (20,000 men and 20,000 women) revealed that readers prefer books by authors of the same gender. The results found that women rate books written by female authors more highly than those written by men and 90% of the 50 most read books by men were written by men.
Yesterday, I went to the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction Shortlist Readings event at the Southbank Centre in London where the authors gave short readings from their nominated novels and then answered a few questions from this year’s chair of the judges, Helen Fraser, and the audience.
The shortlisted books this year are:
The Undertaking by Audrey Magee
A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing by Eimear McBride
The Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction has launched a project to highlight the books written by women which have impacted our lives.
You can nominate your choice using the #ThisBook hashtag on Twitter. The top 20 will be revealed in July. Continue reading
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!”