The Power

This year’s Bailey’s Women’s Prize for fiction is a bloody corker: as soon as I had started The Power by Naomi Alderman I was already recommending it to friends.  It is a deeply tantalising and dangerous premise: what if girls ruled the world?  Billed by one reviewer as The Handmaid’s Tale for the Gone Girl generation, it feels prescient and timely.  It is both horror and fantasy; sci-fi and thriller.  It is an alternative future, written as a kind of history from an unspecified point.   Continue reading