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The Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction – the Shortlist and Predictions!

The Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction – the Shortlist and Predictions!

The 2017 winner of the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction is less than 24 hours from being announced!

The six novels on the shortlist are each very different from one another and have each generated much discussion in the bookish community.

After reading five of the six books, there is one that stands well and truly above the rest for me and is my favourite for the win. Whether my favourite will take out the prize is difficult to predict, as my opinion appears to be quite different to the judges – I was disappointingly underwhelmed by a number of the books on this shortlist.

Read on for a summary of my thoughts and feelings about each of the six books, along with my predictions! The books are listed in the order in which I read them.

The Power, by Naomi Alderman

The Power, by Naomi Alderman

“One of them says, ‘Why did they do it?’ And the other answers, ‘Because they could.’ That is the only answer there ever is.”  Naomi Alderman, in…

First Love, by Gwendoline Riley

First Love, by Gwendoline Riley

First Love is only a short novel, at less than 200 pages, but it certainly packs a punch and leaves you with much to think about. The…

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