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The longlist for the Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction has been announced.It’s a wide ranging list with some big names including Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Donna Tartt and Margaret Atwood. There are also six debut novelists including Hannah Kent for the much praised Burial Rites. On checking the list, Wakefield Libraries have just over half of the titles in stock, so perhaps this would be a good moment to promote our request service! You may know that you can request any book in our libraries to be sent to the library you use but did you know you can also request books we don’t have? Ask staff at your local library to place a request for the book and if it is in print we will consider buying it – and we do buy most of the titles suggested. It’s a free service so why not take advantage of it and read your way through the list.
It seems almost compulsory to have some sort of controversy when a literary award is announced and this time there is the fact that there are only four British writers on the list. A leading academic, David Brauner, associate professor of English at Reading University,has warned of a growing gulf between British writers and their more ambitious, adventurous US counterparts. He said that British novelists were overly cautious and parochial compared with Americans, who had more nerve, more ambition and relied more heavily “on imagination and the power of language to create worlds that are unfamiliar”.
Is this a fair comment? Can you think of any exciting British novelists you would like to recommend?


Posted on March 10, 2014, in Authors, Awards, Book News. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. SleepyDragon1320

    Reblogged this on Sleepy Book Dragon and commented:
    Not sure I have heard of this prize.

  2. It used to be the Orange Prize but they have a new sponsor now. It’s going to take me a while to get used to the new name.

  3. A well written book about something mundane, like a Dutch interior by Vermeer can be wonderful. For that reason, I’m not really happy about parochial being used as an insult. Maybe what the critic means is that British novelist have become too safe and ‘samey’ in their outlook?

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