Naomi Alderman on Obama's list of top authors of 2017

The former US president says he was inspired by the Jewish writer's novel The Power


2017 was quite a year for Naomi Alderman.

The British novelist won the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction for her novel, The Power. The book also made it onto the New York Time's list of 100 notable books and won the fiction category of the Foyles Books of the Year.

Now it has gained the stamp of approval from none other than Barack Obama.

The former US president posted on Facebook a list of the books and songs he enjoyed most and found inspiring over the past 12 months - and Ms Alderman’s novel is included.

Mr Obama wrote: "During my presidency, I started a tradition of sharing my reading lists and playlists. It was a nice way to reflect onthe works that resonated with me and lift up authors and artists from around the world. With some extra time on my hands this year to catch up, I wanted to share the books and music that I enjoyed most."

The Power is a futuristic tale following four women who discover that with a flick of their fingers, they can inflict agonising pain and even death.

In its review, the JC described it as “a dynamic, fast-moving, super–realistic, ultra-graphic work packed with appalling violence”.

Ms Alderman herself said: “It’s a novel of ideas. What would happen if women had the power to cause pain and destruction? Do we really believe that women are naturally peaceful and nurturing? How much of gender is in our expectations of violence?

“But it’s also a thriller. In pursuit of power, each of the main characters will eventually come into conflict with the others and they’re each a force to be reckoned with.”

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