A rundown of the Baileys Prize shortlist from Simon Savidge of Savidge Reads. “My number one choice has to be Stay With Me. I absolutely adore this book from start to finish, I think it’s incredible.”

Jen Campbell reviews this year’s Baileys shortlist. “The book I enjoyed the most, and would love to see win is Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo.”

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Listen to the first chapter of Yann Martel’s Life of Pi, read by Sanjeev Bhaskar.

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“Marcus is good company, I think, and that’s what drew me back to him again and again.” Mike McCormack discusses his beautiful, compulsive, elegaic novel Solar Bones, winner of the Goldsmiths Prize and the BGE Irish Book of the Year.

Jules Evans introduces The Art of Losing Control: A Philosopher’s Search for Ecstatic Experience.

Trying to learn to be a good man is like learning to play tennis against a wall. You are only a good man – a competent, capable, interesting and lovable man – when you're doing it for, or with, other people

Uncle Dysfunctional

AA Gill

Hope is not like a lottery ticket you can sit on the sofa and clutch, feeling lucky… Hope is an ax you break down doors with in an emergency

Hope In The Dark

Rebecca Solnit

Is this how one becomes an artist? By growing accustomed to the madness of others?

Charlotte

David Foenkinos