If you are a UK booklover and bookworm who often uses Waterstones as one of your book shops, then you might have heard of the Baileys Women’s Prize For Fiction award. You also might have heard of it if you live outside of the UK (I don’t exactly know how far it extends) but it is one of those awards that I seem to be noticing a lot over the last couple of years.
And now seems to be the right time to talk about it because the winner was revealed at the Royal Festival Hall yesterday (7th June)!
The shortlisted books were as follows:
Stay With Me by Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ̀̀
The Power Naomi Alderman
The Dark Circle by Linda Grant
The Sport of Kings by C.E. Morgan
First Love by Gwendoline Riley
Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien
And the winner was:
Out of all the books on the shortlist, this was the one that intrigued me the most. It’s also the book that I’ve seen promoted the most by Waterstones. In this, the world is not how we know it. Teenage girls now have a life-changing power that causes agonising pain and even death.
Being compared to the likes of Margaret Atwood, this is a book that I would want to read very soon. Like with every dystopian it is making a comment on our own contemporary world and I think it seems rather timely that this book has won this award the day before the UK go to the polls for the snap general election.
As I already own this book, I think I might forget about the books on this months TBR, read it and see whether it is worthy of the award.
And that is that.
What do you think about this book?
Thanks for reading and have a good day!