And speaking of wonderful women writers, the shortlist for the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2013 has recently been announced. Formerly known as the Orange prize, the very strong shortlist for the award this year includes two former winners, Zadie Smith and Barbara Kingsolver. Joining them is Hilary Mantel, who has already won the Man Booker Prize, and the Costa Book of the Year – if she wins, she will be the first person ever to win all three of Britain’s major literary awards. The shortlist is:
Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel
Flight Behaviour by Barbara Kingsolver
Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
May We Be Forgiven by A M Homes
NW by Zadie Smith
The winner will be announced on 5th June. Good luck to all!