The Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction is one of the literary prizes thatI look forward to the most. It is a prestigious UK prize, founded in 1996, that honors great women writers from all over the world. Wednesday, March 8th the Baileys Women’s Prize Longlist will be announced. Traditionally the longlist contains 20 choices however this year it may contain less than that. Regardless of the amount decided on, the longlist should be extremely competitive. There have been a plethora of excellent novels from well-known powerhouses as well as debut novelists in the period from April 1, 2016 to March 31, 2017 (of course all novels have to be published in the UK during this period to be eligible). The list is long and illustrious. I can’t say I’ve read enough of the books that I think would fit the prize’s longlist this year, but I believe I have a pretty good idea of what might wind up on it.
So here are my predictions starting with the books that I’ve read:
From the books I haven’t read yet but looking forward to:
And finally for the titles I don’t plan on reading that could make it on the list:
Those are my predictions but I could be totally wrong. There are really so many great books by women out there. So what are your predictions for the Baileys Women’s Prize Longlist 2017? Do you follow this prize or are you anti-literary prizes?
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