Which novels have had the biggest impact on your life?

The winner of the Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction will be announced on 4 June 2014 from a strong line-up of excellent books (all available from your local library).

Americanah-Chimamanda-Ngozi-AdichieChimamanda Ngozi Adichie – Americanah

 

 

Burial-Rites-Hannah-KentHannah Kent – Burial Rites

 

 

The-Lowland-Jhumpa-LahiriJhumpa Lahiri – The Lowland

 

 

The-Undertaking-Audrey-MageeAudrey Magee – The Undertaking

 

 

A-Girl-Is-A-Half-formed-Thing-Eimear-McBrideEimear McBride – A Girl Is A Half-Formed Thing

 

 

The-Goldfinch-Donna-TarttDonna Tartt – The Goldfinch

 

 

In the lead up to the announcement, the Bailey’s Prize are asking “which novel, written by a woman, has had the biggest impact on your life?”

From the inspirational to the intimate, the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction want readers across the nation to share their #ThisBook: the novel, by a female author, that has most impacted, shaped or changed their life.

It’s a tough one. I read a lot by female authors. In the last year alone I’ve enjoyed the humour of A.M. Homes, winner of last year’s prize. I’ve discovered Jennifer Egan, a Visit from the Goon Squad. I loved Snake Ropes by local author Jess Richards and been moved by The last testament of Jessie Lambe by Jane Rogers.

But had the biggest impact on my life? I can see The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood has already been suggested. I need to go home and check my book shelf. What would you choose? Please send your suggestions to @BHLibraries and #ThisBook to be in with a chance to win *signed copies* of the books chosen by the nineteen women taking part in our #ThisBook campaign.

Go to http://www.thisbook.com to see the full list of #ThisBook launch contributors and their inspiring selections. They’ll be announcing the nation’s #ThisBook Top 20, in July.

Kate Regester.

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One Response to Which novels have had the biggest impact on your life?

  1. ryandejonghe says:

    Loved Lowland and Goldfinch, but want to try Americanah. I saw it also won the National Critic Award, too.

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