BAILEYS WOMEN’S PRIZE FOR FICTION 2015

Leading women unite to launch #ThisBookClub

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From the online to the traditional, the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction is celebrating the diversity of modern day book clubs with the launch today of #ThisBookClub, a campaign that also showcases the myriad ways that novels can bring people together.

Renowned pop musician Sophie Ellis-Bextor and her mother, presenter, writer and actress Janet Ellis pictured together revealing the books written by women they most wished to share with each other, to launch the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction #ThisBookClub campaign
Renowned pop musician Sophie Ellis-Bextor and her mother, presenter, writer and actress Janet Ellis pictured together revealing the books written by women they most wished to share with each other, to launch the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction #ThisBookClub campaign

To launch the initiative, the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction invited three pairs of inspirational women – writer Janet Ellis and her daughter, singer-songwriter Sophie Ellis-Bextor; actress Emily Blunt and her sister, literary agent Felicity Blunt; and retail marketing consultant and television presenter Mary Portas and her wife, fashion editor Melanie Rickey – to reveal the novels written by women they most want to share with one another.

Their selections are designed to inspire book lovers across the nation to get together to talk about books and highlight the evolution of the traditional book club.

Novelist Kate Mosse, Co-founder and Chair of the Board of the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction: “This is a wonderful way to bring together books and readers, to celebrate twenty fabulous years of the Prize and to share favourite novels, past and present, with friends, readers and writers.”

Find out which books the pairs chose by visiting our website.

As part of the #ThisBookClub campaign, the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction has created The Brilliant Woman’s Guide to a Very Modern Book Club – a book club guide featuring articles from leading writers including Grace Dent, Kate Mosse and Joanna Trollope, plus reading notes for the 2015 Baileys Prize shortlisted books. The guide is designed to help make the most of any book club gathering and can be downloaded here.

A new partnership with Whistles will see thousands of copies of The Brilliant Woman’s Guide to a Very Modern Book Club distributed with all purchases in UK Whistles stores during May and June 2015 so get yours while stocks last!  As part of the campaign, Whistles have created bespoke ‘reading corners’ in three of their flagship stores – Bath, Edinburgh and London – showcasing the 2015 Baileys Prize shortlisted books.

The Prize is also partnering with Grazia and All Bar One on a series of exclusive literary events – for more information on how you can get involved visit our website.

For your chance to win copies of the books chosen by the #ThisBookClub launch contributors, keep an eye on the Baileys Prize Twitter and Facebook pages.

Join the conversation on Twitter or Facebook and tell us the novel written by a woman you’d most like to share with a friend or loved one using #ThisBookClub.

All information courtesy of Baileys women’s prize for fiction 2015.

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