As those of you with eagle eyes will have seen, I am not quite keeping the reading pace necessary to complete the entire Women’s Prize longlist, before the winner is announced on 5 June. I could provide you with a vast array of excuses, but when it comes down to it, there are simply more books this time, and slightly less time.
Luckily – for me – I have, however, nearly completed 4 out of the 6 novels on the shortlist, announced today.
Completed (green circle)
- May we be Forgiven – A M Homes
- Flight Behaviour – Barbara Kingsolver
- Bring up the Bodies – Hilary Mantel
Nearly Completed (yellow circle)
- Where’d you go, Bernadette? – Marie Semple (more on this to follow, tomorrow)
Yet to Read (red circle)
- Life After Life – Kate Atkinson
- NW – Zadie Smith
And, to their credit, I think the Women’s Prize judges have done a sterling job (far better than that of their Man Booker colleagues). All four are truly wonderful, and unique novels, and I would struggle to pick between them. It makes sense to me that this prize was well-judged, because well, I have heard of, and respect the judges.
For the next week or two, I will focus my reading efforts on finishing the shortlist. I hope numbers 5 and 6 are as remarkable. They have a lot to live up to! Luckily, they are by two of my favourite authors, so now I have doubly high hopes for them.