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Women’s Prize for Fiction 2013 shortlist announced

So the shortlist is announced today!

Womens-Prize-2013 Shortlist

The shortlist

  • Bring Up the Bodies, by Hilary Mantel
  • Flight Behaviour, by Barbara Kingsolver
  • Where’d You Go, Bernadette, by Maria Semple
  • Life After Life, by Kate Atkinson
  • May We Be Forgiven, by A M Homes
  • NW, by Zadie Smith

There is no debut authors, they are all familiar names and in some ways, I may say, a very predictable shortlist based on the popularity of the writers. Except for Maria Semple’s Where’d You Go, Bernadette and Life After Life by Kate Atkinson, I don’t feel like reading all titles in the shortlist this year.

This is because I have to read Wolf Hall before I could read Bringing Up the Bodies. I abandoned AM Homes’ This Book Will Save Your Life before. May We Be Forgiven seems to run on the same vein, so i don’t want to read this either. Flight Behaviour is just so cumbersome to read with meandering prose.

Perhaps it sounds unfair for me to say that because who am I to judge if I haven’t read any of the titles above??!!

But I wish the shortlist would have been a little bit more imaginative.

What do you think?


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12 thoughts on “Women’s Prize for Fiction 2013 shortlist announced

  1. I agree. I thought some of the debuts (especially Ros Barber’s) were far better than the books actually selected. An overly safe shortlist, lacking excitement 😦

    Posted by Jackie (Farm Lane Books) | April 17, 2013, 8:14 am
  2. I just think they should not have changed the name of the prize. Sort of messes with the understanding people have of it, I think!

    Posted by rhapsodyinbooks | April 17, 2013, 11:30 am
    • Jill,
      Yeah in a way I agree but we cannot let Orange share the highlights when they no longer sponsor the prize, can we? It is like changing Whitbread to Costa Book Prize. I think we shouldn’t let sponsors call it what they want in the future. What is wrong with having an award name that endures and mention the sponsor on the side? What do you think?

      Posted by JoV | April 17, 2013, 12:31 pm
  3. This is my sort of list. I read Homes and Kingsolver and I’d love to read all the others, except Mantel. Except I heard NW isn’t my kind of story, either. Anyway, nice list!

    Posted by Leeswammes | April 17, 2013, 5:33 pm
  4. seems a reasonable list just read nw ,got the semple and must admit love sound of life after life ,all the best stu

    Posted by winstonsdad | April 18, 2013, 3:08 pm
  5. I agree with you about the Wolf Hall/Bringing up the Bodies thing. By the time I finished the first book, the prize winner would have been announced for the whole event. I did like Flight Behavior very much, the first Kingsolver that I liked period, so maybe you’ll fund a time and a place for reading that one.

    Posted by Bellezza | April 26, 2013, 3:06 am


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