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What Is The Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction?

Founded in 1996, the Women’s Prize for Fiction is described as “the UK’s most prestigious annual book award for fiction written by a woman.” Formerly sponsored by Orange from 1996-2012, the prize has currently taken the sponsor name of Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction. The award is open to international female authors of an original… Continue reading What Is The Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction?

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Do Not Say We Have Nothing: A Reader’s Reflections

Do Not Say We Have Nothing takes the reader on a journey through two generations where the lives of the main characters are interconnected and bound by their love for music, their struggles during violent times and the meaning they gave and shared through an unfinished book. Madeleine Thien effectively used this fictitious story to… Continue reading Do Not Say We Have Nothing: A Reader’s Reflections

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Linda Grant on X-Ray Campaigns, Anti-Semitism, and The Dark Circle

Linda Grant won the Orange Prize for Women’s Fiction in 2000 with her novel When I Lived In Modern Times. Her seventh and latest offering, The Dark Circle, has been shortlisted for this year’s Bailey’s Prize for Women’s Fiction.  Grant is also a writer for The Guardian.  We caught up with her to talk about the inspiration… Continue reading Linda Grant on X-Ray Campaigns, Anti-Semitism, and The Dark Circle

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First Love: A Cryptic Snapshot Into an Abusive Relationship

“Considering one’s life requires a horribly delicate determination, doesn’t it? To get to the truth, to the heart of the trouble.” First Love is an often cryptic snapshot into the everyday reality of an abusive relationship.  The novel, which has been shortlisted for the Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction, is Gwendoline Riley’s fifth book. Protagonist… Continue reading First Love: A Cryptic Snapshot Into an Abusive Relationship

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The Power: What Happens When Women Rule the World?

TW: for mentions of sexual violence Given the stereotype that women are biologically more compassionate, sensitive, and emotional, the answer to the question ‘what if women ruled the word?’ usually gets clouded with these stereotypical ideas of womanhood. Probably the most popular piece of literature that examines the idea of female leadership is Charlotte Perkin… Continue reading The Power: What Happens When Women Rule the World?

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Stay With Me: What is Motherhood Worth?

Ayobami Adebayo’s Stay With Me follows the story of Yejide, a young hairdresser and wife in Nigeria, and her struggles to conceive a child.  When, to rectify the situation, her in-laws come to Yejide’s home one day with a new wife for her husband, Akin, her grief and anger reach new bounds. She thinks that… Continue reading Stay With Me: What is Motherhood Worth?