And the winner of the Baileys Women

…will be announced this Wednesday, June 3rd.

I can’t wait to hear who this year’s winner is and have my fingers crossed that it’s either Laline Paull or Rachel Cusk.  Sadly, I wasn’t able to finish all six shortlisted titles. (My husband ended up reading How to be Both and my mother ended up reading A God in Every Stone instead.  Both titles are still on my bedside table waiting.)

I can’t be at the fantastic Baileys bash that Heidi it throwing tomorrow, and so I wanted to share my favourite quotes from the shortlisted titles with you here.

outlineFrom Outline:

“But everything falls away, try as you might to stop it. And for whatever returns to you, be grateful.”

“Most of didn’t know how truly good or truly bad we were, and most of us would never be sufficiently tested to find out.”

“As it happened, I was no longer interested in literature as a form of snobbery or even self-definition. I had no desire to prove that one book was better than another; in fact, if I read something I admired, I found myself increasingly disinclined to mention it at all. What I knew personally to be true had come to seem unrelated to the process of persuading others. I did not, any longer, want to persuade anyone of anything.”

spoolFrom A Spool of Blue Thread

“The thing about caller ID is,” Red said, more or less to himself, “it seems a little like cheating. A person should be willing to take his chances, answering the phone.”

“You’re only ever as happy as your least happy child.”

beesFrom The Bees:

“You have wings and courage and a brain. Do not annoy me by asking permission.” -Lily 500

“Accept.  Obey.  Serve.”

payingFrom The Paying Guests

“As far as Frances was concerned, gardening was simply open-air housework.”

“Some things are so frightful that a bit of madness is the only sane response. You know that, don’t you?”

cupcakesThe Party

Be sure to come to our Baileys Women’s Prize party tomorrow night from 7 – 8:30.  There will be prizes!  and cupcakes!


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  1. Patricia, thank you for these quotes. Reading them has made my day and has given me much food for thought. And also make me wish to read each and every one of these quotes! Wish i could be there to help you celebrate the winner. . .and to eat cupcakes! – Lorraine

  2. whoops. . .meant to write. . .makes me want to ready each and every one of these BOOKS! 🙂 L.

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