Posts Tagged ‘Baileys Prize’

  • Laline Paull introduces The Ice

    • May 31, 2017 • Tags: , , ,

    I first visited Svalbard in 2013, after forming the sudden conviction that I must see go to the Arctic and see the ice.  I certainly didn’t have a story in mind, but something was tugging at me to go and have a look.  Rubbernecking, maybe: see the ice while it’s still there.   Polar bears are all very well, but that wasn’t my focus.  I didn’t actually have one, which was relaxing.  I was supposed to be on holiday.

    The epiphany came when I was temporarily alone on deck – staring out at the peculiar beauty of a slow, semi-frozen satiny black sea full of huge white mosaic pieces of ice.  I heard singing.  Or rather, the sound of the ice bumping and creaking, I knew that was what it was – but I could also literally hear a strange a-tonal but very beautiful sound coming out of the water itself, as if the ice had a voice and was speaking to me in a tongue I had never heard.  I was enchanted as if in a wild fairytale, and very sad to have to turn back when the captain said we might risk being stuck if it moved in and locked around the ship.   It had a life, non-human and non-animal, but powerfully present.  And I felt it.

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  • ‘Half of a Yellow Sun’ is the winner of the Baileys ‘Best of the Best’


    Last night, Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was named the ‘Best of the Best’ in a ceremony hosted by the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction.

    Of her win, Chimamanda said; “This is a Prize I have a lot of respect and admiration for – over the years it’s brought wonderful literature to a wide readership that might not have found many of the books.  I have a lot of respect for the books that have won in the past ten years and also for the books that have been shortlisted – I feel I am in very good company.  To be selected as ‘Best of the Best’ of the past decade is such an honour.  I’m very grateful and very happy.”

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  • Laline Paull shortlisted for the Baileys Prize!

    A huge congratulations to Laline Paull, whose debut novel The Bees has been shortlisted for the coveted Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction!


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