Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction finalists announced

11th April 2016: The Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction announces its 2016 shortlist, comprised of 6 books that celebrate the best of fiction written by women

The Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction shortlist has been announced. The Prize for Fiction, the UK’s only annual book award for fiction written by a woman, celebrates excellence, originality, and accessibility in writing by women from throughout the world.

Making the cut from the longlist of 20 books are:

Ruby  Cynthia Bond credit Jay Harris (1)

Cynthia Bond — Ruby

The Green Road  AnneEnright

Anne Enright — The Green Road

Glorious Heresies  Lisa McInerney photo FINAL

Lisa McInerney — The Glorious Heresies

Portable Veblen  Elizabeth McKenzie credit Linda Ozaki

Elizabeth McKenzie — The Portable Veblen

Improbability of Love  Hannah Rothschild credit Harry Cory Wright

Hannah Rothschild — The Improbability of Love

A Little Life  Hanya Yanagihara credit Jenny Westerhoff

Hanya Yanagihara — A Little Life

“Our choices reflect a really diverse mix of brilliant writing from new and established authors around the world and we hope that everyone will find much to enjoy in them,” commented Chair of Judges Margaret Mountford.

Syl Saller, Chief Marketing Officer of Diageo, the parent company of Baileys, added, “What a range of beautifully crafted and excellent stories originating from Ireland to Texas – the judges have selected a truly exciting range of novels for this year’s shortlist. In partnership with the Women’s Prize, Baileys is thrilled to celebrate these inspiring female authors and bring the pleasure of their writing to readers across the world.”

The winner will be presented with a check for £30,000 (US$42,645) and a limited edition bronze statue known as “the Bessie,” created by artist Grizel Niven. Both are anonymously endowed.

The award ceremony will take place in The Clore Ballroom, Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, London, on June 8.

The 2016 finalists are from the U.S. (Bond, McKenzie, and Yanagihara), the U.K. (Rothschild), and Ireland (Enright and McInerney).

Previous winners are: Ali Smith for How to be Both (2015), Eimear McBride for A Girl is a Half-formed Thing (2014), A.M. Homes for May We Be Forgiven (2013), Madeline Miller for The Song of Achilles (2012), Téa Obreht for The Tiger’s Wife (2011), Barbara Kingsolver for The Lacuna (2010), Marilynne Robinson for Home (2009), Rose Tremain for The Road Home (2008), Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie for Half of a Yellow Sun (2007), Zadie Smith for On Beauty (2006), Lionel Shriver for We Need to Talk About Kevin (2005), Andrea Levy for Small Island (2004), Valerie Martin for Property (2003), Ann Patchett for Bel Canto (2002), Kate Grenville for The Idea of Perfection (2001), Linda Grant for When I Lived in Modern Times (2000), Suzanne Berne for A Crime in the Neighbourhood (1999), Carol Shields for Larry’s Party (1998), Anne Michaels for Fugitive Pieces (1997), and Helen Dunmore for A Spell of Winter (1996).

The judges for the 2016 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction are:

Margaret Mountford (Chair), Lawyer and Businesswoman

Naga Munchetty, Broadcast Journalist

Laurie Penny, Writer and Journalist

Elif Shafak, Author

Tracey Thorn, Writer and Singer


The 2016 longlist included:

Kate Atkinson: A God in Ruins

Shirley Barrett: Rush Oh!

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

Rachel Elliott: Whispers Through a Megaphone

Anne Enright: The Green Road

Petina Gappah: The Book of Memory

Vesna Goldsworthy: Gorsky

Clio Gray: The Anatomist’s Dream

Melissa Harrison: At Hawthorn Time

Attica Locke: Pleasantville

Lisa McInerney: The Glorious Heresies

Elizabeth McKenzie: The Portable Veblen

Sara Nović: Girl at War

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


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