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6 Books You Must Add To Your List

Still struggling to get through that stack of books on the bedside table? You might want to clear some space, because the shortlisted stories in the highly acclaimed Baileys Women's Fiction Prize have been announced, and there are six more-than-worthy tomes to add to your collection.

Launched in 1996, the prize celebrates excellence, originality and accessibility in women’s writing from all over the world, and this year was judged by the likes of columnist Grace Dent, Channel 4 News presenter Cathy Newman, and Bailey's prize-winning author Helen Dunmore. Read on to see which authors got their vote and keep your eyes peeled on 3 June to see the overall winner announced...


A God in Every Stone, £6.29 | Kamila Shamsie

The bonds between Pashtun men – in Flanders and during the struggle for Indian independence – are captured in this wartime story of a London archaeologist's travels to Peshawar.

A Spool of Blue Thread, £7.99 | Anne Tyler

A witty tale of family life, A Spool of Blue Thread, has all the hallmarks of a classic Anne Tyler work as it’s brimming with insight and humour. In this poignant yet unsentimental tale she charts the stories of The Whitshanks, newly arrived in Baltimore in the 1920s.  

How to be Both, £6.29 | Ali Smith

Long-listed for the Man Booker Prize 2014, How To Be Both tells parallel narratives of a teenage girl and a 15th Century Renaissance artist that are by turns funny, tender and thought-provoking. With a truly original (and sometimes disorientating) way of writing, Ali Smith’s books really are like nothing else you’ve read.

Outline: A Novel, £11.89 | Rachel Cusk

Full of surprises, Rachel Cusk’s Outline uses an almost silent narrator to tell the story of a novelist teaching in Athens.

The Paying Guests, £5.59 | Sarah Waters

Satire meets costume drama in Sarah Water’s The Paying Guests – a pastiche on the domestic novel that tells the story of women living in post-war Britain.

The Bees, £6.29 | Laline Paull

Billed as ‘The Handmaid's Tale meets The Hunger Games’, this debut novel is set in an ancient culture where only the queen may breed, and deformity means death. This will change the way you regard those buzzing pollen carriers.