The Power Scoops Bailey Prize

Alderman, Naomi - The Power


by Pete Richmond

A month ago, we introduced you to The Power.

Naomi Alderman’s Science Fiction thriller had the privelege of being included on the shortlist for the Bailey’s Prize for Women’s Fiction.

We are delighted to report that The Power beat off some tough competition to win the Award!

Congratulations to Naomi Alderman!

Our Guest writer, Elaine Jenkins, described the book as follows:

Naomi’s book The Power imagines a world where women develop the power to hurt or kill men with a single touch. The novel opens with teenage girls all over the world developing this ability, they then pass the power to all women. In The Power the world is a recognisable place that revolves around: a rich Nigerian kid who larks around the family pool; a foster girl whose religious parents hide their true nature; a local American politician; and a tough London girl from a difficult family. Something vital changes causing their lives to converge with devastating effect. With females given this immense physical power, with this small twist of nature, the world utterly changes.

Speaking during the announcement of the winner, the Chair of Judges for 2017, Terra Ross had this to day about The Power:

The judges and I were thrilled to make this decision. We debated this wonderful shortlist for many hours but kept returning to Naomi Alderman’s brilliantly imagined dystopia – her big ideas and her fantastic imagination.

We at Zealot Script, are delighted to see a Science Fiction work getting this kind of mainstream recognition and it is a tribute to Alderman’s abilities as a writer. It is a well earned award!

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