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The Dark Circle: Chapter One


‘Great relationships, fabulous colourful characters and a gripping story.’ – 2017 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction judge Katie Derham Over the coming weeks leading up to the announcement of…

Wed 19 April, 2017

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Turn over a new leaf: six books by women


2017 is well and truly here, and, if you’re anything like us, that means New Year’s reading resolutions and a pile of brand new books. To give you…

Mon 9 January, 2017

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The books the 2017 judges will rediscover this Xmas


The festive season is the perfect time to relax (preferably in a comfy chair, in front of a roaring fire) with an old favourite and lose yourself in…

Wed 21 December, 2016

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Literary listen: Cynthia Bond


Busy week? Sit back, relax and take ten minutes out for a little bit of literary escapism… Make yourself a drink (why not a Baileys?), pop in your…

Mon 28 November, 2016

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Six dystopian novels by women


Given current events across the Pond and closer to home, many already feel like they’re living in a nightmarish version of reality. To provide a little comfort, we’ve…

Fri 11 November, 2016

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Six spooky reads by women


Move over Stephen King! This Halloween why not be spooked by one of these deeply unsettling stories by women, instead? From haunted house tales to psychological crime thrillers…

Mon 31 October, 2016

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Our judges on their favourite books by women


The fantastic line-up for our 2017 judging panel has been announced; Chair Tessa Ross, CEO of House Productions, will be joined by journalist, author and co-founder of The…

Fri 28 October, 2016

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Bessie Book Club: A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing


Eimear McBride’s second novel, The Lesser Bohemians is out in a week’s time and we couldn’t be more excited about reading it. To celebrate, why not dive into…

Fri 26 August, 2016

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A big year for Baileys Prize winners


We’re rather excited as this autumn sees three (yes, three!) new books from former Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction winners. First up is the second novel from Eimear…

Mon 15 August, 2016

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10 brilliant books by women to read this summer


Looking for a scintillating read to pack in your suitcase? Or something to sweep you off to sunnier climes while you enjoy a staycation? Either way, we’ve got a…

Fri 5 August, 2016

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Latitude Festival’s top 20 books by women


If you’ve been following us over the last few weeks, you may well know that the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction brought a host of exciting events to Latitude…

Fri 22 July, 2016

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The Bessie Book Club: Ruby


Enjoy a sneak peek of the 2016 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction shortlist with The Bessie Book Club. Over the next six weeks leading up to the 2016 winner’s…

Sun 5 June, 2016

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