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message 1: by Hugh (last edited Sep 08, 2021 11:20AM) (new)

Hugh (bodachliath) | 3004 comments Mod
This thread is for ranking the winners of the Women's Prize for Fiction, previously known as the Baileys Prize and the Orange prize.

As usual, please avoid too much general chat in this thread.

The list of winners:

Orange Prize for Fiction

A Spell of Winter by Helen Dunmore A Spell of Winter by Helen Dunmore(1996)
Fugitive Pieces by Anne Michaels Fugitive Pieces by Anne Michaels (1997)
Larry's Party by Carol Shields Larry's Party by Carol Shields (1998)
A Crime in the Neighborhood by Suzanne Berne A Crime in the Neighborhood by Suzanne Berne (1999)
When I Lived in Modern Times by Linda Grant When I Lived in Modern Times by Linda Grant (2000)
The Idea of Perfection by Kate Grenville The Idea of Perfection by Kate Grenville (2001)
Bel Canto by Ann Patchett Bel Canto by Ann Patchett (2002)
Property by Valerie Martin Property by Valerie Martin (2003)
Small Island by Andrea Levy Small Island by Andrea Levy (2004)
We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver (2005)
On Beauty by Zadie Smith On Beauty by Zadie Smith (2006)

Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction

Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (2007)
The Road Home by Rose Tremain The Road Home by Rose Tremain (2008)

Orange Prize for Fiction

Home by Marilynne Robinson Home by Marilynne Robinson (2009)
The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver (2010)
The Tiger's Wife by Téa Obreht The Tiger's Wife by Téa Obreht (2011)
The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller (2012)

Women's Prize for Fiction

May We Be Forgiven by A.M. Homes May We Be Forgiven by A.M. Homes (2013)

Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction

A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing by Eimear McBride A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing by Eimear McBride (2014)
How to Be Both by Ali Smith How to be both by Ali Smith (2015)
The Glorious Heresies by Lisa McInerney The Glorious Heresies by Lisa McInerney (2016)
The Power by Naomi Alderman The Power by Naomi Alderman (2017)

Women's Prize for Fiction

Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie (2018)
An American Marriage by Tayari Jones An American Marriage by Tayari Jones (2019)
Hamnet by Maggie O'Farrell Hamnet by Maggie O'Farrell (2020)
Piranesi by Susanna Clarke Piranesi by Susannah Clarke (2021)


message 2: by Hugh (last edited Sep 12, 2021 02:48AM) (new)

Hugh (bodachliath) | 3004 comments Mod
League tables

My adjusted weightings method:

Pos, Book, Average, Adjusted, Count, First Places, STD
1, Hamnet by Maggie O'Farrell, 3.00, 4.10, 9, 2, 1.75
2, How to be Both by Ali Smith, 4.00, 4.42, 11, 2, 1.92
3, Bel Canto by Ann Patchett, 7.50, 7.38, 8, 1, 2.79
4, Home by Marilynne Robinson, 7.89, 7.95, 9, 1, 3.20
5, Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, 6.00, 7.96, 9, 2, 3.24
6, A Spell of Winter by Helen Dunmore, 8.40, 8.05, 5, 1, 1.92
7, Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie, 6.25, 8.68, 12, 0, 3.18
8, Piranesi by Susannah Clarke, 6.25, 8.78, 4, 0, 1.88
9, A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing by Eimear McBride, 8.56, 9.65, 9, 1, 3.58
10, Fugitive Pieces by Anne Michaels, 9.38, 10.77, 8, 3, 3.95
11, The Glorious Heresies by Lisa McInerney, 8.33, 11.07, 9, 0, 3.63
12, The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller, 10.13, 11.40, 8, 0, 3.58
13, On Beauty by Zadie Smith, 9.38, 11.45, 13, 0, 4.56
14, May We Be Forgiven by A.M. Homes, 10.00, 11.76, 6, 0, 3.00
15, The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver, 9.14, 11.82, 7, 0, 3.49
16, Small Island by Andrea Levy, 9.11, 13.04, 9, 1, 4.38
17, When I Lived in Modern Times by Linda Grant, 13.25, 13.18, 4, 0, 3.10
18, We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver, 11.29, 14.31, 7, 0, 4.09
19, The Idea of Perfection by Kate Grenville, 14.00, 14.82, 6, 0, 3.78
20, The Tiger's Wife by Téa Obreht, 13.00, 15.89, 9, 0, 4.83
21, A Crime in the Neighborhood by Suzanne Berne, 16.50, 16.53, 4, 0, 3.56
22, The Power by Naomi Alderman, 13.10, 16.99, 10, 1, 5.58
23, An American Marriage by Tayari Jones, 13.92, 18.53, 12, 0, 6.22
24, Property by Valerie Martin, 17.20, 18.87, 5, 0, 4.23
25, The Road Home by Rose Tremain, 14.67, 19.43, 9, 0, 5.73
26, Larry's Party by Carol Shields, 17.50, 19.56, 4, 0, 3.96

Paul-style aggregate of comparisons

Pos, Book, Average, Relative ranking, Count, First Places
1, How to be Both by Ali Smith, 4.00, 107, 11, 2
2, Hamnet by Maggie O'Farrell, 3.00, 90, 9, 2
3, Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, 6.00, 68, 9, 2
4, Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie, 6.25, 63, 12, 0
5, Bel Canto by Ann Patchett, 7.50, 47, 8, 1
6, Home by Marilynne Robinson, 7.89, 33, 9, 1
7, A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing by Eimear McBride, 8.56, 25, 9, 1
8, A Spell of Winter by Helen Dunmore, 8.40, 19, 5, 1
8, The Glorious Heresies by Lisa McInerney, 8.33, 19, 9, 0
10, Piranesi by Susannah Clarke, 6.25, 10, 4, 0
11, May We Be Forgiven by A.M. Homes, 10.00, 9, 6, 0
11, The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver, 9.14, 9, 7, 0
13, Fugitive Pieces by Anne Michaels, 9.38, 7, 8, 3
14, The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller, 10.13, 5, 8, 0
15, On Beauty by Zadie Smith, 9.38, 1, 13, 0
16, When I Lived in Modern Times by Linda Grant, 13.25, -6, 4, 0
17, We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver, 11.29, -12, 7, 0
18, Small Island by Andrea Levy, 9.11, -13, 9, 1
19, A Crime in the Neighborhood by Suzanne Berne, 16.50, -32, 4, 0
20, The Idea of Perfection by Kate Grenville, 14.00, -35, 6, 0
21, Larry's Party by Carol Shields, 17.50, -46, 4, 0
22, Property by Valerie Martin, 17.20, -55, 5, 0
23, The Tiger's Wife by Téa Obreht, 13.00, -56, 9, 0
24, The Power by Naomi Alderman, 13.10, -64, 10, 1
25, The Road Home by Rose Tremain, 14.67, -84, 9, 0
26, An American Marriage by Tayari Jones, 13.92, -109, 12, 0


message 3: by Hugh (last edited Sep 08, 2021 11:21AM) (new)

Hugh (bodachliath) | 3004 comments Mod
1 Fugitive Pieces
2 Home
3 Half of a Yellow Sun
4 Hamnet
5 The Glorious Heresies
6 Home Fire
7 A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing
8 How to Be Both
9 Piranesi
10 A Spell of Winter
11 The Idea of Perfection
12 On Beauty
13 The Song of Achilles

18 An American Marriage
19 The Road Home
20 The Tiger's Wife
21 Bel Canto

25 The Power


message 4: by Antonomasia (last edited Apr 11, 2019 07:20AM) (new)

Antonomasia | 2632 comments 1=How to Be Both
1=Small Island

15. On Beauty

I didn't realise I'd read so few. Seems I have a history of buying books that won this prize, and not reading them. At some point I've had copies of these seven: Fugitive Pieces, We Need to Talk About Kevin, Half of a Yellow Sun, The Song of Achilles, May We Be Forgiven, A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing and The Glorious Heresies.


message 5: by Paul (last edited Sep 08, 2021 02:50PM) (new)

Paul Fulcher (fulcherkim) | 8219 comments 1 A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing
2 How to be Both
3 Home
4 The Glorious Heresies
5 Home Fire
...
6 Half of a Yellow Sun
7 Piranesi
8 Hamnet
9 On Beauty
10 Small Island
11 American Marriage
12 The Power
13 Fugitive Pieces

Top 5 were worthy winners - less impressed by the rest


message 6: by Robert (last edited Feb 12, 2020 06:01AM) (new)

Robert | 1960 comments 1. How to be Both
2. We Need to Talk about Kevin
3. Song of Achilles
4. The Glorious Heresies
5. A Crime in the Neighborhood
6. Bel Canto
7. Small Island
8. Home Fire
9. A Girl is a Half Formed thing
10. The Road Home
11. The Tiger's Wife
12. When I lived in Modern Times
13. May we be Forgiven
14. The Power
15. Fugitive Pieces
16. The Lacuna
17. Half of a Yellow Sun
18. Home
19. An American marriage
20. Property
21. On Beauty
22. The Idea of Perfection (DNF)


message 7: by Gumble's Yard - Golden Reviewer (last edited Sep 08, 2021 11:55AM) (new)

Gumble's Yard - Golden Reviewer | 5078 comments 1 The Power 5*
2 Home 5*
3 Hamnet 5*
4 A Girl is a Half Formed Thing 4.5*
5 How to be Both 4*
6 Home Fire 4*
7 Piranesi 4*
8 Glorious Heresies 4*
9 May We Be Forgiven 4*
10 We Need To Talk About Kevin 4*
11 Small Island 3*
12 On Beauty 3*
13 An American Marriage 3*
14 The Road Home 2*

I have read Fugitives Pieces but before I started recording my views on books.


message 8: by Val (last edited Feb 12, 2020 01:42AM) (new)

Val | 1016 comments 1 Half of a Yellow Sun
2 When I Lived in Modern Times
3 How to be Both
4 On Beauty
5 Home Fire
6 A Girl is a Half Formed Thing
7 May we be Forgiven
8 Fugitive Pieces
9 The Glorious Heresies
10 A Spell of Winter
11 The Tiger's Wife
12 Property
13 Small Island
14 Home
15 The Lacuna
16 Bel Canto
17 The Idea of Perfection
18 The Power
19 We Need to Talk about Kevin
20 An American Marriage
21 The Song of Achilles
22 A Crime in the Neighbourhood
23 The Road Home
24 Larry's Party


message 9: by Sara G (last edited Feb 17, 2020 05:56AM) (new)

Sara G | 166 comments 1. A Spell of Winter
2. On Beauty
3. An American Marriage
4 The Glorious Heresies
5. The Power
6. The Lacuna

Updated February 2020 to add The Glorious Heresies and An American Marraige.


message 10: by LindaJ^ (last edited Sep 14, 2020 10:17AM) (new)

LindaJ^ (lindajs) | 498 comments 1. Bel Canto - 5*
2. Hamnet - 5*
3.
4. How to be Both - 5*
5. Home - 4*
6. The Lacuna - 4*
7.
8. The Tiger's Wife - 4*
9. Home Fire - 4*
10.
11.
12. On Beauty - 3*
13. The Song of Achilles - 3*
14. An American Marriage - 3*

The number 2/3 slots are is reserved for the 2019 winner if it is either Lost Children's Archives or Bottled Goods. If it is Milkman, it will go in the number 9 slot. I have Half of a Yellow Sun, The Power, and A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing on the shelf and they will take the other three saved slots. Bel Canto may not be as good as I remember it - I read it 12 years ago - but I loved it when I read it and I remember it well. The ones I have minimal recollection of were the 3* books. All the others made a lasting impression.

Here it is 2020 and I had to add the 2019 and 2020 winners, which required another slot to be added, since I had only counted those read through April 2019. So now I've added An American Marriage and Hamnet - one in the top and one in the bottom!


message 11: by Ang (last edited Sep 09, 2020 12:38PM) (new)

Ang | 1685 comments 1. Home
2. On Beauty
3. A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing
4. Hamnet
5. The Idea of Perfection
6. May We Be Forgiven
7. Home Fire
8. How to be Both
9. The Road Home
10. The Glorious Heresies
11. An American Marriage
...
24. Half of a Yellow Sun
25. We Need to Talk About Kevin


message 12: by Erin (last edited Apr 13, 2019 08:46AM) (new)

Erin Glover (erinxglover) | 134 comments I've only read Bel Canto and The Lacuna, so I'm not qualified to vote. Until now, I had no idea they won the WP. I absolutely loved both novels. Thanks for posting this list.


message 13: by WndyJW (last edited Oct 31, 2020 10:41AM) (new)

WndyJW | 4325 comments I’ve only read 6 so maybe they won’t figure in the ranking

1.Fugitive Pieces
2. Hamnet
3. Home Fire
4. The Tiger's Wife
5. Small Island
6. The Road Home (which would be Dead last if I’d read them all, even though I love Rose Tremain.)


message 14: by Karen Michele (last edited Feb 12, 2020 04:24AM) (new)

Karen Michele Burns (klibrary) | 179 comments Here's my shot at the ranking order of the 15 I've read:

1 Fugitive Pieces
2 Bel Canto
3 Half of a Yellow Sun
4 How to be Both
5 The Lacuna
6 Home Fire
7 On Beauty
8 We Need to Talk about Kevin
9 The Song of Achilles
10 The Tiger's Wife
11 An American MArriage
12 Property
13 The Power
14 The Road Home
15 Larry's Party
16 A Girl is a Half Formed Thing


message 15: by Cindy (new)

Cindy Haiken | 450 comments 1. Hamnet
2. Bel Canto
3. On Beauty
4. How to Be Both
5. Home Fire
6, Home
7. Half of a Yellow Sun
8. The Lacuna
9. A Spell of Winter
10. The Glorious Heresies
11. The Song of Achilles
12. We Need to Talk About Kevin
13. Fugitive Pieces
14. When I Lived in Modern Times
15. Larry's Party
16. The Idea of Perfection
17. A Crime in the Neighborhood
18. May We Be Forgiven
19. The Tiger's Wife
20. The Road Home
21. A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing
22. An American Marriage
23. Property
24. Small Island
25. The Power


message 16: by Carol (new)

Carol Rayner | 25 comments 1. Half of a yellow sun
2. Hamnet
3. The song of Achilles
4. How to be both
5. Small island
6. Home fire
7. May we be forgiven
8. The lacuna
9. Bel canto
10. Girl is a half formed thing
11. The power
12. A spell of winter
13. The idea of perfection
14. An American marriage
15. We need to talk about Kevin
16. Larry's Party
17. The Road Home
18. On Beauty
19. Property
20. Home
21. The Glorious Heresies
22. A crime in the neighbourhood
23. Fugitive pieces
24. The Tigers wife
25. When I lived in Modern Times


message 17: by Joy D (new)

Joy D | 56 comments 1. Hamnet (5)
2. Piranesi (5)
3. Bel Canto (4.5)
4. Half of a Yellow Sun (4.5)
5. On Beauty (4)
6. Small Island (4)
7. The Power (4)
8. The Song of Achilles (4)
9. Home Fire (4)
10. The Tiger's Wife (4)
11. An American Marriage (2)


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