ELLE's Literary Editor Anna James gives her take on the six-book shortlist.
The winner of the 2016 Baileys Prize for Women's Fiction will be announced at the Royal Festival Hall on Wednesday night and I've been busy reading the six books on the shortlist.
For me, book prizes are all about celebrating the innovative and the creative and the cleverly executed; I want more than just a good read from a prizewinner, I want to be challenged, excited and moved.
The six books on this year's shortlist make for a nice collection, there really is something for everyone and it's an eclectic mix of voices and styles.
Which makes choosing a winner even tougher.
So here's my verdict to help you decide which of the six to delve into first.More
A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara (Picador)
This book has been splitting opinion and causing Twitter arguments since it came out last year. An epic story of the lives of four young men, focusing on severely troubled Jude. While I found passages to be incredibly beautiful, and I loved much of the first half as Yanagihara explored the men's burgeoning friendship, for me it tipped over into parody around the halfway point.
The Improbability of Love by Hannah Rothschild (Bloomsbury)
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this but in my view it's not a prizewinner. It's pacy, witty and has some glorious descriptions of food and art, but it never really challenged me in any way other than the fact that I felt like I didn't really get a lot of the jokes that often revolved around being really rich.
There is some slightly awkward romanticising of the woes of the ultra-wealthy, but if you take it as a satirical romp through the London art world, there's lots of fun to be had.