I love everything about the Bailey’s Prize.
I love that fact that it celebrates women. I love the fact that is celebrates contemporary fiction. I love the fact the Kate Mosse is so involved and is so lovely. I love the great judging panels that are organised every year. But, above all I love the books.
This year we have a very exciting shortlist, that I cannot wait to get stuck into!
This year I also have the pleasure of being a Library Ambassador for this award! So be prepared to hear a lot more from me about these 6 books.
The announcement took place on Monday 3rd April from a competitive long-list and the overall winner will be announced on 7th June.
For a Guardian Review of Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien click here.
For a Guardian Review of First Love by Gwendoline Riley click here.
For a Guardian Review of The Dark Circle by Linda Grant click here.
For a Guardian Review of The Sport of Kings by C.E. Morgan click here.
For a Guardian Review of Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo click here.
For a Guardian Review of The Power by Naomi Alderman click here.
The events that the Baileys Prize team organise are also brilliant and this year they took over the downstairs area at Waterstones Tottenham Court Road again to create “The Bailey’s Bar”. For a week after the shortlist was announced, they had events on lunchtimes and evenings celebrating great fiction and women! I went along to the Thriller Queens event on Thursday 6th April and as well as being highly entertaining with a panel consisting of Val McDermid, Louise Doughty, Nicci French & Diane Wei Liang, everyone got a free Baileys cocktail too! They also had organised readings from the shortlisted books by actors, more author panels and an evening celebrating Queens of Comedy.
The next big event, that I highly recommend, is going to be a night of listening to all six shortlisted authors read from their books. It’s on Monday 5th June at Cadogan Hall – you can buy tickets here .
Thanks for reading!