Watch: The first trailer for Netflix’s new Britney Spears documentary is finally here
Watch: The first trailer for Netflix’s new Britney Spears documentary is finally here

Sarah Finnan

5 fashion secrets from seriously stylish women
5 fashion secrets from seriously stylish women

Marie Kelly

CPW: the simple formula that will change the way you shop
CPW: the simple formula that will change the way you shop

Louise Slyth

It’s hard to believe that this luxurious Ballsbridge home used to be an eye clinic
It’s hard to believe that this luxurious Ballsbridge home used to be an eye clinic

Megan Burns

Uma Thurman shares her private abortion heartbreak in response to new Texas law
Uma Thurman shares her private abortion heartbreak in response to new Texas law

Sarah Finnan

Esther O’Moore Donohoe: ‘Back in the formal office structure, what have I taken away?’
Esther O’Moore Donohoe: ‘Back in the formal office structure, what have I taken away?’

IMAGE

The five beauty products to know used backstage at London Fashion Week
The five beauty products to know used backstage at London Fashion Week

Holly O'Neill

Kate Winslet wanted a ‘bulgy bit of belly’ left in one ‘Mare of Easttown’ scene and we love her for it
Kate Winslet wanted a ‘bulgy bit of belly’ left in one ‘Mare of Easttown’ scene...

Sarah Finnan

How do you know when it’s time to quit your job? 
How do you know when it’s time to quit your job? 

Sinead Brady

12 contemporary tile designs to inspire a kitchen makeover
12 contemporary tile designs to inspire a kitchen makeover

Shayna Sappington

Image / Editorial

BAILEYS Prize Shortlist


by Jeanne Sutton
08th Apr 2014
blank

Your April/May reading list has arrived courtesy of the Women’s Prize for Fiction.?

The BAILEYS Women’s Prize for Fiction shortlist was announced this week and two Irish writers made the cut. Eimear McBride is nominated for A Girl is a Half-formed Thing, joining?Audrey Magee’s The Undertaking. Both are in running for the €30,000 prize alongside Hannah Kent (Burial Rites), Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Americanah), Jhumpa Lahiri (The Lowland) and Donna Tartt (The Goldfinch). The award, formerly known as the Orange Prize, was launched in 1996 after a group of literary campaigners, including best-selling author Kate Mosse, noted the Booker Prize shortlist of 1991 had not included any women writers. Now the BAILEYS Women’s Prize for Fiction is awarded annually to the woman who has written the best, eligible full-length novel in English. Judges this year include Twitter queen and columnist Caitlin Moran, crime novelist Denise Mina, and antiquarian expert and internet-troll destroyer Mary Beard. We present a rundown of the shortlisted books and your April/May reading list.

A Girl is a Half-formed Thing, Eimear McBride

a girl is a half formed thing

This debut has been on our to-read list for far too long. Described as startling, uncomfortable, revelatory and unsettling, this depiction of a young woman on the cusp of adulthood won the Goldsmiths Prize last year and it’s a critical favourite.

The Goldfinch, Donna Tartt

the goldfinch

Donna Tartt emerges every decade with a door stopping bestseller that invariably has her hailed as one of the masters of the novel. The story of Theo Decker is a gripping modern fable. After losing his mother, surviving a terrorist attack and stealing a priceless masterpiece in the process, young Theo finds himself straddling New York high society and the murky criminal underworld of the art scene. With a Dickensian touch, Tartt marries the fatalism of Great Expectations with a dash of contemporary knowingness – there are even references to noughties phenomenon Harry Potter.

Americanah, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

americanah

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has been on a roll. First Beyonc? samples her in single Flawless, then she pens this viral article on how an intellectual woman can be a follower of fashion.?Americanah has been garnering critical acclaim since its release late last summer. It tells the story of two Nigerian teenagers who fall in love. Ifemelu, the heroine, moves to America to study and suddenly finds herself confronted with alien issues surrounding race.

Burial Rites, Hannah Kent

burial rites

We wrote about Kent’s atmospheric Burial Rites a few months ago and predict this is going to be the airport buy of the summer. Based on the true story of a maid and murderess in 1829 Iceland who awaits her death sentence on a farm throughout the winter due to a lack of prisons, Burial Rites is a dark and introspective drama with a protagonist you won’t forget. Last we heard Jennifer Lawrence was trying to secure the movie rights.

The Lowland, Jhumpa Lahiri

the lowland

1960s Calcutta comes to life in this story of two brothers and their divergent lives. One chooses to study in the US while the other involves himself in the at times violent communist struggle in India. Lahiri also made last year’s Booker shortlist with The Lowland.

The Undertaking, Audrey Magee

the undertaking

Another debut, The Undertaking looks at the marriages of conveniences that sprung up during the Second World War. German soldiers sought brief leave from the front and women looked for potential widow’s pensions. When Peter meets his bride Katharina, they form an unexpected connection but he must soon return to the relentless eastern front while she finds herself drawn further and further into the Nazi regime.

Jeanne Sutton @jeannedesutun

Also Read

blank
AGENDA, EDITORIAL
No, the Olympics haven’t given athletes ‘anti-sex’ cardboard beds

Despite some media coverage, the beds are actually focused on sustainability as opposed to intimacy restrictions. Recently, distance runner Paul...

By Jennifer McShane

blank
EDITORIAL
“A slap in the face for all the victims”: Outcry over Bill Cosby’s release from prison

This is why rape victims think twice before coming forward, writes Amanda Cassidy He was once known as “America’s Dad”...

By Amanda Cassidy

blank
AGENDA, EDITORIAL
When speaking about ageing, we should follow Julianne Moore’s lead

Actress Julianne Moore is tired of all the cliched tropes about female ageing. The way we speak about it; the...

By Jennifer McShane

blank
EDITORIAL
‘Quite interesting’: Princess Anne comments on The Crown

We’ve all heard that the royal family don’t exactly gather round to watch The Crown, but one member has shared...

By Jennifer McShane

blank
EDITORIAL
This is what happens when you hypersexualise young girls growing up

Who is demanding the fetishization of young girls anyway?”When I was working in my early twenties, and even my late...

By Amanda Cassidy

brain
EDITORIAL
8 easy ways to keep your brain healthy that you can do right now

Your brain health is just as important as that of the rest of your body, says psychologist and neuroscientist Dr...

By IMAGE

blank
EDITORIAL
Sarah Harding’s heartbroken mum announces the singer’s death aged just 39

Sarah Harding has died at the age of just 39, her heartbroken mother revealed today. The Girls Aloud star had...

By Amanda Cassidy