Here we are then, the official Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction longlist.
When I commented on the longlist, the word of the night was wow and it’s the same again.
Wow: some big names and popular books have gone.
Wow: there are four titles in common with our Shadow Panel shortlist.
Wow: If you’re only reading the shortlist you’ve an absolute set of treats in store (although I implore you to read the longlist, it’s full of brilliant books).
Here’s my reviews of the shortlisted books:
Stay With Me – Ayòbámi Adébáyò
The Power – Naomi Alderman
The Dark Circle – Linda Grant
The Sport of Kings – C. E. Morgan
First Love – Gwendoline Riley
Do Not Say We Have Nothing – Madeleine Thien