A couple of lists which have been announced in the last 24 hours. First, the shortlist for this year’s Women’s Prize for Fiction:

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

This list reminds me that I want to read Where’d You Go, Bernadette and Life After Life. I also find it interesting that, after a couple of years where the Orange Prize (as was) has been won by debuts, this year we have a list strongly weighted towards more established names.

But this is also a time for new names, because Granta have announced their fourth Best of Young British Novelists list:

Of course there are limitations to any exercise of this nature, and I don’t think there’s much mileage in treating the list as anything approaching ‘definitive’. Taken as a selection of names, though, I rather like this list. I’ve reviewed books by eight of the authors (linked above) and enjoyed them all. (I have read – but not reviewed – a ninth, whose book I didn’t care for; so be it.) I’m pleased to see women and non-white writers so strongly represented. And there are quite a few names on there whom I’ve been meaning to read. I think I might do a story-by-story review of the anthology, once I get hold of a copy. For now, congratulations to all!