Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction - Longlist Announced →
#Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction - Longlist Announced
Launched in 1996, the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction is awarded annually and celebrates excellence, originality and accessibility in women’s writing from throughout the world. The winner receives a cheque for £30,000.
The judges for 2014 are Helen Fraser, Caitlin Moran, Sophie Raworth, Mary Beard, and Denise Mina.
The Baileys Women’s Prize longlist in full:
- Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie - Americanah
- Margaret Atwood - MaddAddam
- Suzanne Berne – The Dogs of Littlefiel
- Fatima Bhutto - The Shadow of the Crescent Moon
- Claire Cameron – The Bear
- Lea Carpenter - Eleven Days
- M.J. Carter - The Strangler Vine
- Eleanor Catton - The Luminaries
- Deborah Kay Davies - Reasons She Goes to the Woods
- Elizabeth Gilbert - The Signature of All Things
- Hannah Kent - Burial Rites
- Rachel Kushner - The Flamethrowers
- Jhumpa Lahiri - The Lowland
- Audrey Magee - The Undertaking
- Eimear McBride - A Girl Is A Half-Formed Thing
- Charlotte Mendelson - Almost English
- Anna Quindlen - Still Life with Bread Crumbs
- Elizabeth Strout - The Burgess Boys
- Donna Tartt - The Goldfinch
- Evie Wyld - All The Birds, Singing
Previous Winners Include:
- May We Be Forgiven by A.M. Homes (2013)
- The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller (2012)
- The Tiger’s Wife by Tea Obreht (2011)
- The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver (2010)
- Home by Marilynne Robinson (2009)
- The Road Home by Rose Tremain (2008)
- Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (2007)
- On Beauty by Zadie Smith (2006)
- We Need To Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver (2005)
by Amanda Patterson
The Sympathy Vote →
How to get your reader to identify with an unsympathetic character
Getting the audience to sit in the cheering section for a hero is easy—all you need is a brave, idealistic, upstanding, and highly functional character as the star of your story. But getting them to identify with the antagonist, unlikeable protagonist or anti-hero takes a lot more skill. You want the audience to feel sad for this character, or empathy or even just pity.
#Nine Quotes for Autumn
Happy Autumn! Courses and Quotes for March 2014
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Nine Quotes for Autumn
- Beware the ides of March. ~William Shakespeare
- It was one of those sumptuous days when the world is full of autumn muskiness and tangy, crisp perfection: vivid blue sky, deep green fields, leaves in a thousand luminous hues. It is a truly astounding sight when every tree in a landscape becomes individual, when each winding back highway and plump hillside is suddenly and infinitely splashed with every sharp shade that nature can bestow - flaming scarlet, lustrous gold, throbbing vermilion, fiery orange. ~ Bill Bryson
- She looked like autumn, when leaves turned and fruit ripened. ~Sarah Addison Allen
- There is so much beauty in autumn and so much wisdom; so much separation and so much sorrow! ~Mehmet Murat ildan
- Summer ends, and Autumn comes, and he who would have it otherwise would have high tide always and a full moon every night. ~Hal Borland
- I am made for autumn. Summer and I have a fickle relationship, but everything about autumn is perfect to me. Woolly jumpers, Wellington boot, scarves, thin first, then thick, socks. The low slanting light, the crisp mornings, the chill in my fingers, those last warm sunny days before the rain and the wind. Her moody hues and subdued palate punctuated every now and again by a brilliant orange, scarlet or copper goodbye. She is my true love. ~Alys Fowler
- The heat of autumn is different from the heat of summer. One ripens apples, the other turns them to cider. ~Jane Hirshfield
- Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns. ~George Eliot
- It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade. ~Charles Dickens
by Amanda Patterson
"We realize we can’t go around saying and doing what we’re actually thinking and feeling. If we all did that, life would be a lunatic asylum. Indeed, that’s how you know you’re talking to a lunatic. Lunatics are those poor souls who have lost their inner communication and so they allow themselves to say and do exactly what they are thinking and feeling and that’s why they’re mad."
"The pen will never be able to move fast enough to write down every word discovered in the space of memory. Some things have been lost forever, other things will perhaps be remembered again, and still other things have been lost and found and lost again. There is no way to be sure of any this."
#Peter De Vries
Happy Birthday, Peter De Vries, born 27 February 1910, died 28 September 1993
- I write when I’m inspired, and I see to it that I’m inspired at nine o’clock every morning.
- I love being a writer. What I can’t stand is the paperwork.
- We must love one another, yes, yes, that’s all true enough, but nothing says we have to like each other.
- Words fashioned with somewhat over precise diction are like shapes turned out by a cookie cutter.
- The satirist shoots to kill while the humorist brings his prey back alive and eventually releases him again for another chance.
De Vries was an American editor and novelist, who worked for The New Yorker magazine from 1944 to 1987. De Vries wrote short stories, reviews, poetry, essays, a play, novellas, and 23 novels.
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#a clockwork orange
Quotable - Anthony Burgess, born 25 February 1917, died 22 November 1993
Burgess: on the fate of the English language
'English has a strange knack of doing well for itself, however much the old guard booms about threats to purity, the dangers of pollution. English did well out of the Danish and Norman invaders; it will continue to profit from the strange loan-forms and coinages of the mixed populations that—in both England and America—represent the new ethnological order. Whatever form of English ultimately prevails—the British or the American variety—it will still be a great and rich and perpetually growing language, the most catholic medium of communication that the world has ever seen.
Language survives everything—corruption, misuse, ignorance, ineptitude. Linking man to man in the dark, it brought man out of the dark. It is the human glory which antecedes all others. It merits not only our homage but our constant and intelligent study.’
~ Language Made Plain by Anthony Burgess
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