Baileys Prize shortlist 2016: why ‘A Little Life’ should win, and why it probably won’t

_______________________________________________________________________________________________ “He had looked at Jude, then, and had felt that same sensation he sometimes did when he thought, really thought of Jude and what his life had been: a sadness, he might have called it, but it wasn’t a pitying sadness; it was a larger sadness, one that seemed to encompass all the poor… Read More Baileys Prize shortlist 2016: why ‘A Little Life’ should win, and why it probably won’t

Baileys Longlist 2016: Jackie Copleton – ‘A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding’

Novelist, journalist and teacher of English abroad Jackie Copleton has written her first novel framed by the aftermath of the atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki, Japan. A former  teacher in the city, Copleton’s novel  was heavily influenced by gaining deeper understanding cultivating relationships with the people of contemporary Japan – a Japan that has never… Read More Baileys Longlist 2016: Jackie Copleton – ‘A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding’

Baileys Longlist 2016: Becky Chambers’ ‘The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet’

Becky Chambers’ story is arguably the most unique of all the Baileys-nominated titles. Sponsored by a Kickstarter campaign, The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet epitomizes the self-publishing culture, the sort of rags to riches story many dream of but pretty much no one achieves. Born in California, Chambers began her career writing freelance… Read More Baileys Longlist 2016: Becky Chambers’ ‘The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet’

Baileys Longlist 2016: Shirley Barrett’s ‘Rush Oh!’

I’d never heard of Shirley Barrett before her Baileys nomination. Lo and behold, she’s an award winning director and screenwriter, recipient of several Australian film awards as well as a Camera D’Or from the Cannes Film Festival for her Love Serenade. (1996). Born in Melbourne, Australia in 1961, Barrett now makes her home in Sydney.… Read More Baileys Longlist 2016: Shirley Barrett’s ‘Rush Oh!’

Baileys Longlist 2016: Kate Atkinson’s ‘A God in Ruins’

  Welcome to the 2016 Bailey’s Prize for Fiction Longlist, and this year’s installment of MY GOD I CAN’T POSSIBLY READ ALL THESE BOOKS, BUT I CAN’T NOT, EITHER  breakdown. It’s a prize I see coming months away, yet I can’t manage to protect myself from the inevitable uncontrolled lust it provokes. Same for the Bookers,… Read More Baileys Longlist 2016: Kate Atkinson’s ‘A God in Ruins’

Baileys Prize Longlist read: The Girl Who Was Saturday Night by Heather O’Neill

Hardcover: 416 pages Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (June 3, 2014) Language: English ISBN-10: 0374162662 ISBN-13: 978-0374162665 I’ll have to speed up my thoughts on these Longlisters, as my books read pile is growing taller and taller, and we won’t discuss Mount Readmore. I’ve pulled off both the hikers and sherpas; an avalanche is imminent.… Read More Baileys Prize Longlist read: The Girl Who Was Saturday Night by Heather O’Neill