The longlist for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2013 (formerly the Orange Prize for Fiction) is now out and I'm not going to say too much because Edith has covered it all in her excellent post, which you can read here.
Rather pleased to see two favourite writers on the list: Hilary Mantell and Kate Atkinson.
Kate Atkinson's latest novel is literally just about to hit the shops and going straight on my 'must read' list. Also good to see Kitty Aldridge on the longlist (won Bridport Prize 2011) with her novella 'A trick I learned from dead men'. I wrote about this back here. And I still haven't got round to reading another book on the list: The light between oceans, M L Stedman, of which I heard many good things. Another name on the list is Michele Roberts. I have started 'Daughters of the house', but confess that I'm struggling with it and stalled.
Writers have to keep reading, but that's one of the fun bits of the job. I'm currently reading 'A perfectly good man' by Patrick Gale. What are you reading?