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Monday, April 3, 2017

Shortlist for 2017 Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction

The shortlist for the 2017 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction was announced today.

There are six finalists:

Stay with Me by Ayobami Adebayo
This is a tale of grief and jealousy set in the south-western Nigerian state of Osun.  Society resolutely demands children of Yejide, but two years of her marriage have resulted in only failure.

The Power by Naomi Alderman
Overnight, the balance of a power – both metaphorically and literally – shifts to teenage women across the world, who suddenly gain the ability to kill by mere touch.

The Dark Circle by Linda Grant
World War II is over, a new decade is beginning but for an East End teenage brother and sister living on the edge of the law, life has been suspended. Sent away to a tuberculosis sanatorium to learn the way of a patient, they find themselves in the company of army and air force officers, a car salesman, a mysterious German woman and an American merchant seaman.

The Sport of Kings by C. E. Morgan
The novel is a portrait of lives cast in shadow by the enduring legacy of slavery.

First Love by Gwendoline Riley
Neve, a wife in her mid-30s, teases apart the strands of incident that have led her to the uneasy, compromised calm of the now.

Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien
The novel tracks the interwoven lives of three Chinese musical prodigies from the foundation of the People’s Republic in 1949 through to the present day.  See my review  of this Canadian book at

The winner of the £30,000 prize will be announced on June 7.