March is almost over and, with it, Feminism Month at 50ayear. In fact, this theme couldn’t have come at a better time: recently I found out about the woefully misled ‘Women Against Feminism’ internet campaign, and was delighted that I’d already written down my thoughts on the matter. Of course, Mark Ruffalo’s response is pretty on point too.
But anyway, I don’t want to talk about those women. Let’s talk about these women instead: the longlist for the Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction! The prize celebrates ‘originality and accessibility in women’s writing from throughout the world’, and the winner will get £30,000. You can see the longlist here.
I’m delighted to see Elizabeth Is Missing is on there (the only longlisted book I’ve read). It’s a wonderful book that I picked up at a bloggers’ event last year. I even had the pleasure of hearing the author, Emma Healey, read an extract from the novel and just loved it. I’ve also heard lots of good things about Dear Thief by Samantha Harvey, and Ali Smith’s How To Be Both. They’re going on my to-read list straightaway.
I have to mention the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize which has also announced its longlist. It includes Murakami (of course) and Boyhood Island by Knausgaard, who I’ve had my eye on for a while. It might definitely be time for to start reading his work.
The Man Booker International Prize is currently being decided as well. This longlist includes writers from all over the world. I’ve only heard of Amitav Ghosh before, so I’m intrigued to keep up to date with this and see if I can discover my new favourite international writer!
Speaking of prizes, I have at last gotten round to buying last year’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel, The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt (the only book I bought this month). Having seen it everywhere for the better part of a year, I finally bought it at Singapore airport, during a bout of plane-induced panic in which I decided to shop away my fears. I’m reading it now and my review will be up sometime in May. (Oh yes, there’s one heck of a review delay when it comes to writing a book blog!)
Anyway, I’ll just get on and announce the theme for next month, because whilst I’ve been writing this post I’ve watched that Emma Stone ‘ooh, burn!’ gif about 2,000 times.
So, the theme for April will be … comedy!
To be honest, it’s still a little bit tied in with feminism because I’ll mainly be reviewing books by funny women, including Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. As for the rest of the posts, who knows, maybe I’ll try to be funny too.
So long, March!
- gildius -
What would you like to read about? If you have an idea for a month theme, let me know and I might just do it!