2016 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction longlist announced

Timed to coincide with International Women’s Day, the organizers of the prestigious UK-based Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction have announced the 20-book longlist of nominees.

In announcing the nominees, Chair of Judges Margaret Mountford commented, “We had a hugely enjoyable and stimulating meeting, as there were a great many strong novels in contention. We are delighted with the quality, the imaginative scope and the ambition of our chosen books, a longlist which reflects the judges’ interests and tastes. We hope readers will enjoy the variety of outstanding work on offer.”

Notably, more than half the books are debut novels, while four are by authors who have made the shortlist of six novels in the past. If some of the titles are unfamiliar to you, that is because they have only been released in the UK.

The shortlist will be announced on April 11, and the winner will be announced at an awards ceremony held in the Royal Festival Hall on June 8th.

The longlist:

A God in Ruins  Kate Atkinson: A God in Ruins

Rush Oh!  Shirley Barrett: Rush Oh!

Ruby  Cynthia Bond: Ruby

Secret Chord  Geraldine Brooks: The Secret Chord

Long Way to a Small Angry Planet  Becky Chambers: The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet

Dictionary of Mutual Understanding  Jackie Copleton: A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding

Whispers Through a Megaphone  Rachel Elliott: Whispers Through a Megaphone

The Green Road  Anne Enright: The Green Road

The_Book_of_Memory  Petina Gappah: The Book of Memory

Gorsky  Vesna Goldsworthy: Gorsky

Anatomist's Dream  Clio Gray: The Anatomist’s Dream

At Hawthorn Time  Melissa Harrison: At Hawthorn Time

Pleasantville  Attica Locke: Pleasantville

Glorious Heresies  Lisa McInerney: The Glorious Heresies

Portable Veblen  Elizabeth McKenzie: The Portable Veblen

Girl at War  Sara Nović: Girl at War [see my review here]

House at the Edge of the World  Julia Rochester: The House at the Edge of the World

Improbability of Love  Hannah Rothschild: The Improbability of Love

My Name is Lucy Barton  Elizabeth Strout: My Name is Lucy Barton

A Little Life  Hanya Yanagihara: A Little Life


One comment

  1. Thank you for this list – and what a list it is. For a kick off Kate Atkinson is a firm favourite of mine – A God in Ruins is a fine book. And I love the Anne Enright one too. Marvellous that more than half are debut novels – I shall be investigating these for sure. Thanks again for the reminder – providing great reading ideas moving forward.


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