The shortlist of six finalists for the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction was announced today in London. The prize is the UK’s only book award for fiction written by a woman.
The five judges have selected Outline by Rachel Cusk, The Bees by Laline Paull, A God in Every Stone by Kamila Shamsie, How to Be Both by Ali Smith, A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler, and The Paying Guests by Sarah Walters.
The finalists were chosen from a longlist of 20 books.
“Short-listing for the 2015 Baileys Prize was the fantasy book club of a lifetime,” said chair of judges Shami Chakrabarti. “The novels we shared and the shortlist we ultimately honour form a body of great women’s writing to entertain and inspire for many years to come.”
The major surprise of this year’s shortlist is the omission of the much-admired Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel, which many amateur prognosticators tapped to win the award (it was a finalist for the National Book Award). Samantha Harvey’s Dear Thief also has many fervent supporters.
The judges will now choose a winner, to be announced at an awards ceremony at Royal Festival Hall in London on June 3.