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Review: First Love – Gwendoline Riley

It was a rather last-minute decision to fly back to the UK from Indonesia; heavily influenced by my invite to the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction winner’s announcement in June. Soon after RSVP-ing, however, I realised that I was yet to read any of the shortlisted titles, and so, while in transit in Malaysia en […]

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The Bees – Laline Paull

The penultimate book I read from this year’s Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction shortlist was the only debut featured – Laline Paull’s The Bees. In the interest of complete transparency, the only reason I left it so long to read it is simply because of the six books that made the shortlist, it was the […]

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A Spool of Blue Thread – Anne Tyler

I first read Anne Tyler last year; the Baileys Womens’ Prize for Fiction ran an online campaign called #ThisBook in which we asked our followers to nominate the book, written by a woman, which had had the biggest impact on their life. Anne Tyler’s novel, Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant was nominated a number of […]

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The Paying Guests – Sarah Waters

The second book I read from the Baileys Prize shortlist was The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters. Prior to Sarah appearing on a writing panel at the Southbank last summer, I hadn’t yet heard of her so I had few expectations when beginning The Paying Guests. The story is set in Camberwell; the year is 1922 […]

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The Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction Announce 2015 Shortlist

As much as I enjoy reading my way through the BBC Big Read, dedicating so much of my reading list to the list of both classics and contemporary greats often leaves me feeling slightly out of touch with the latest releases. Thus it was with no surprise that when the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction […]

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Americanah – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

I first came across Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie over a decade ago when I read her debut novel Purple Hibiscus. I soon went on to read the heart-breaking Half of a Yellow Sun a couple of years later. Adichie is a powerful, informative writer and when writing my dissertation on black women writers i reread […]

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