Au­thors bat­tle for prize

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY BEN WEICH

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.

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