Margaret Atwood and Linda Grant have been longlisted for the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction 2017, which recognises ‘excellence, originality and accessibility in women’s writing from throughout the world’.
Hag-Seed is Margaret Atwood’s retelling of The Tempest, published as part of Hogarth’s Shakespeare series, which also features works from Howard Jacobson and Tracy Chevalier. The Bookseller described Hag-Seed as ‘A delight…not only an unputdownable tale of revenge, it is also a masterclass in how to teach Shakespeare to those who think they won’t like it’, and Viv Groskop called it 'A magical eulogy to Shakespeare.'
The Dark Circle by Linda Grant follows Lenny and Miriam, teenage twins diagnosed with tuberculosis, as they undergo treatment in the early days of the NHS. Published by Virago in November 2016, the novel has been described as ‘an immensely enjoyable and beautifully written book, filled with humour and pathos’ (Literary Review). The Guardian praised the author as ‘pervasively intelligent, but she does not intellectualise: there is a marvellous supple instinctiveness to her physical descriptions that brings with it a startling depth of emotion.’ Linda previously won the Bailey’s Prize in 2000 with her book When I Lived In Modern Times.
This year’s winner will be announced at the Royal Festival Hall on 7 June.