On Monday, lovely team Bailey’s Prize announced their final six books making it into the shortlist for 2016. For those who aren’t familiar with the Women’s Prize for Fiction, the prize began officially twenty years ago in response to a male dominated Man Booker Prize in 1991. A group of book lovers met to start their… Continue reading The Bailey’s Book Prize: The Shortlist is Revealed!
I don’t know if you know, guys, but whales are amazing. I have quite a few books on the life history and biology of cetaceans of various species, and even have a whatsapp group with two of my other whale obsessed pals. So you’d naturally be surprised at me saying I recently read a novel… Continue reading The Bailey’s Book Prize: Rush! Oh! by Shirley Barrett
Content note: This blog discusses physical and verbal abuse of disabled people featured in the book. As usual plot spoilers are within . Did you know that squirrels not only remember what order they bury their food caches, but can also remember what they’ve buried and also its use by date. That’s right, squirrels are amazing. People… Continue reading The Bailey’s Book Prize: The Portable Veblen
Content note for blog: whorephobia, sexual abuse, rape. There are also mild spoilers discussed (spoiler note in bold below). The book itself requires content warnings specifically for domestic violence, child sexual abuse/rape, drug and alcohol abuse, and whorephobia. I’m going to preface this review by saying openly and honestly that I don’t think I would… Continue reading The Bailey’s Book Prize: The Glorious Heresies
It is a rare thing for me to give up on a book. Generally, I will persist far past the point of enjoyment, not necessarily for completion’s sake, but I wonder if you can truly get a good feel for a novel if you haven’t taken it to the very end. Today, I have given up… Continue reading The Bailey’s Book Reviews: The Improbability of Love by Hannah Rothschild
Deja vu is a funny thing. That sense of repetition, unmistakable sameness. When I began reading Gorsky, I began to feel it completely. At first I thought hey, maybe it’s because Nik is a bookseller. I carried on. Gorsky arrived in his magnificence, Natalia entered the narrative as a beautiful, intelligent and sad presence in… Continue reading The Bailey’s Book Reviews: Gorsky by Vesna Goldsworthy