The twenty books on the longlist for this year’s Women’s Prize for Fiction (formerly the Orange Prize) have been announced. And here they are:
- Kitty Aldridge, A Trick I Learned From Dead Men
- Kate Atkinson, Life After Life
- Ros Barber, The Marlowe Papers
- Shani Boianjiu, The People of Forever are Not Afraid
- Gillian Flynn, Gone Girl
- Sheila Heti, How Should A Person Be?
- A.M. Homes, May We Be Forgiven
- Barbara Kingsolver, Flight Behaviour
- Deborah Copaken Kogan, The Red Book
- Hilary Mantel, Bring Up the Bodies
- Bonnie Nadzam, Lamb
- Emily Perkins, The Forrests
- Michèle Roberts, Ignorance
- Francesca Segal, The Innocents
- Maria Semple, Where’d You Go, Bernadette
- Elif Shafak, Honour
- Zadie Smith, NW
- M.L. Stedman, The Light Between Oceans
- Carrie Tiffany, Mateship with Birds
- G. Willow Wilson, Alif the Unseen
Out of the twenty, I’ve read three: NW (which I liked very much), The Forrests (which I thought was all right), and How Should a Person Be? (which I didn’t really like at all). I have Shani Boianjiu’s book to review for Bookmunch, so I’ll be reading that before long. I started reading Honour last year and liked it, but stopped for some reason I can’t fathom; I really ought to pick it up again.
Gone Girl has been the toast of many a book blog, and I’ve also seen plenty of favourable noises about Where’d You Go Bernadette. I’ve been meaning to read both, and am also intrigued by Kate Atkinson’s latest. Looking through the other titles, Kitty Aldridge’s jumps out in particular as sounding of interest. So they’d be top of my reading list – how about you?