Well it’s after midnight and I’m bleary eyed but here it is, the Bailey’s Women’s Fiction Prize longlist for 2014.
Margaret Atwood – MaddAddam
Fatima Bhutto – The Shadow of the Crescent Moon
Elizabeth Gilbert – The Signature of All Things
First thoughts: I’ve got a lot of reading to do! I’ve read and reviewed seven: The Luminaries, The Flamethrowers, A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing, Still Life with Breadcrumbs, The Burgess Boys, The Goldfinch and All the Birds, Singing. Am particularly thrilled for Eimear McBride, Anna Quindlen and Evie Wyld. I also think The Burgess Boys has been hugely underrated in the UK, so it will be wonderful to see Elizabeth Strout get the recognition she deserves.
As for the rest, Americanah, Burial Rites, The Lowland and Almost English were already high on my review pile. I have copies of The Signature of All Things and Maddaddam, although Maddaddam’s terrifying me – I love Margaret Atwood’s writing but it’s the third part of a trilogy of which I’ve read nothing and I don’t want to read the end before the beginning. I might have to hide for a long weekend to read that one!
The Dogs of Littlefield, The Bear and Eleven Days were also already on my radar and I’m really looking forward to those.
That leaves four I’ve never heard of, which is exactly what I was hoping for.
As ever, I’ll be linking my reviews on this page as I add to them. I’m excited as to what the next month of reading brings.