Any colour as long it's not Orange: the Women's Prize for Fiction 2013 shortlist

The Women's Prize for Fiction shortlist was announced today, and a mighty list is looks too. 'Heavyweight' isn't the word; you can almost feel the gravitational pull of the authors from here:
  • Bring Up The Bodies by Hilary Mantel
  • Flight Behaviour by Barbara Kingsolver
  • Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
  • May We Be Forgiven by A M Homes
  • N-W by Zadie Smith
  • Where'd You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple
So what can we recommend from the list?

Well, Mantel, obviously. I'm having a slow-mo love affair with 'Bodies' (i.e. I'm still reading it and trying to make it last). The book trade is apparently worried about 'Mantel fatigue' but it has to be a favourite because of its sheer quality.

The paperback is released on May 7 - so this will feature prominently in our holiday reading recommends this year...

Move past Hilary and - in terms of how we feel about it and what our own customers are telling us - Barbara Kingsolver's 'Flight Behaviour' would be an extremely worthy winner. Beautifully written and touching on important themes, the paperback is published imminently as well...

Thrilled that Kate Atkinson's on the list. Nicki really loved 'Life After Life' and you can read her review hereAnd a ruthless dissection of life in modern America with 'May We Be Forgiven' by AM Homes (I just wish they'd published the paperback with a slightly bigger font!). Marie Semple and Zadie Smith finish the list...

Slightly sad that 'Marlowe Papers' by Ros Barber didn't make it onto the shortlist - one of Ellie's favourite books of the year, but we're very much enjoying recommending this to customers at the moment...something fresh and different. Here's what Ellie thinks: "a remarkable novel of art and imagination. A rare find of beautiful writing and compelling drama and deserves to win awards."

I think for the first year in it's new guise, the Women's Prize has put together a really strong list - come and take a look in a good bookshop near you...


  1. Thought this was an excellent summary of the books on the shortlist - and the issues facing the judges:


  2. I loved this book, but then I love anything by Hilary Mantel :-) I want to reread Wolf Hall, too, and appreciate the relationship you mention between Cromwell and Wolsey more, too!