Honest Baileys Prize Longlist Reviews-to be updated as I go
Life is pain, highness. Anyone who says differently is selling something.
- •Rush Oh!Twee yarn that's begging for a whimsical adaptation possibly staring Saoirse Ronan
- •Girl At WarAn obviously harrowing tale that reads occasionally flat and preachy.
- •RubyGrim But Important. Probably a GCSE book in a few years.
- •The Secret ChordThis woman cannot end a book
- •The Green RoadProbably brilliant, but bored me senseless
- •GorskyI hated Gatsby. Lots of horrible people do terrible things and get away with them because Money
- •At Hawthorn TimeTruly marvellous. Robbed of a place on the shortlist
- •The Portable VeblenManic Pixie Dream Girl With Awful Mother Attaches Self To Terrible Man and Learns Nothing
- •The House at the Edge of the WorldStrangely mesmerising. The 16 year old me would have gone mad for this book
- •The Improbability of LoveUnreadable
- •A Little LifeOverlong angst ridden torture porn which is strangely the best of the bunch
- •A Dictionary of Mutual UnderstandingParts of this are lovely, but the structure is all over the place and it feels strangely dated, like 2001 threw up all over it.
- •A God In RuinsWonderful book, just wonderful. Her subtle take down of the baby boomer generation is so sublime I wanted to applaud.
- •The Glorious HeresiesIf Roddy Doyle and Jenn Ashworth ran in to each really really fast. A bit of a mess, and not my thing AT ALL, but I can see why it won as is very Stark and Raw etc
- •PleasantvilleI really enjoyed this one, which is, surprisingly, a court room drama. Slow burner but gripped by halfway through.
- •The Book of MemoryOh I wanted to cut this book up and re paste it back together differently so badly.