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.
Kate Atkinson: A God in Ruins
Cynthia Bond: Ruby
Geraldine Brooks: The Secret Chord
Becky Chambers: The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet
Jackie Copleton: A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding
Anne Enright: The Green Road
Petina Gappah: The Book of Memory
Vesna Goldsworthy: Gorsky
Clio Gray: The Anatomist’s Dream
Attica Locke: Pleasantville
Elizabeth McKenzie: The Portable Veblen
Sara Nović: Girl at War [see my review here]
Julia Rochester: The House at the Edge of the World
Hannah Rothschild: The Improbability of Love
Elizabeth Strout: My Name is Lucy Barton
Hanya Yanagihara: A Little Life