Tonight's the night the longlist for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction is announced. Now I doubt there's going to be much on there that I've read, so here's my totally alternate Top Twelve of the last year. Is anyone likely to agree? Which were your favourite deserve-an-award reads?
So....in no particular order...
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Caroline Smailes - The Drowning of Arthur Braxton - a strange mix of myth, magic and mundane in the public baths
Jo Baker - Longbourn - Pride and Prejudice from the servants point of view
Evie Wyld - All The Birds, Singing
certainly my Serendipitous Find of the Year thanks to Twitter
Lavanya Sankaran - The Hope Factory -
a sort of modern, literary, Indian 'Upstairs, Downstairs'
Perfect - what could possibly happen in two extra seconds? Well, as it turns
out for 11 year old Byron Hemmings and his family, enough to change his
Naomi Wood - Mrs Hemingway
the story of not one, not two, but the four wives of Ernest Hemingway
Anna Hope - Wake
a brilliant debut novel, deeply moving, well-plotted and engrossing,
about the aftermath of war and its effects not only the combatants
directly involved but a far wider circle
A Heart Bent Out of Shape
a coming of age novel set against the backdrop of Lausanne
The Lemon Grove
It's hot, steamy and full of illicit passion but it's more than a summer sex
romp. It's also a wonderful portrayal of a family reaching a turning
point in their lives.
Adele Parks - Spare Brides
everything you expect from a conventional romantic novel - glamorous
parties, gorgeous clothes, an enigmatic hero and a passionate love
affair - and more!
Natalie Young - Season To Taste or How to Eat your Husband
the title says it all - a darkly humorous tale of murder and body-disposal
Meike Ziervogel - Magda
a short perceptive novel trying to get inside the head of Magda, wife of Joseph Goebbels