Authors battle for prize
TWO JEWISH authors are in contention for the top women’s fiction award in the UK after being named on its shortlist of six.
Linda Grant and Naomi Alderman have both been shortlisted for the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction, worth £30,000 in prize money to the winner.
Ms Grant’s A Dark Circle tells the story of two Jewish twins from the East End of London in a tuberculosis sanatorium in Kent just after the Second World War.
She said: “I am really, really pleased. They had a huge number of novels to read so to be in the final six is extraordinary. I’ve won it before and I know what the benefits are; increased sales and more money, but more importantly, your work reaches more people.”
In Ms Alderman’s futuristic novel, The Power, women develop the capability to give electric shocks, giving them control over men.
The other authors on the shortlist are CE Morgan for The Sport of Kings, Gwendoline Riley for First Love, Do Not Say We Have Nothing author Madeleine Thien and debut novelist Ayobami Adebayo for Stay With Me.
Tessa Ross, chair of judges, said it had been a year “which has proved exceptional for writing of both quality and originality”.
The winner of the award, which was sponsored by Orange for 17 years before Baileys took over in 2014, will be announced in June.