Since our five judges were announced in November, they have been working their way through an incredible 158 books, each submitted in the hope of being selected as the winner of the 2014 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction.
The judges have made their decision and we’re delighted to reveal the 20 books longlisted for the 2014 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction.
This year’s longlist honours both rising stars of literature and well-established writers, and features six debut writers as well as two previous winners.
Helen Fraser, Chair of Judges, says: “This is a fantastic selection of books of the highest quality – intensely readable, gripping, intelligent and surprising – that you would want to press on your friends, and the judges have been doing just that.”
The judges must now whittle these 20 books to six, before choosing an overall winner to be announced on 4th June 2014.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – Americanah
Margaret Atwood – MaddAddam
Suzanne Berne – The Dogs of Littlefield
Fatima Bhutto – The Shadow of the Crescent Moon
Claire Cameron – The Bear
Lea Carpenter – Eleven Days
M.J. Carter – The Strangler Vine
Eleanor Catton – The Luminaries
Deborah Kay Davies – Reasons She Goes to the Woods
Elizabeth Gilbert – The Signature of All Things
Hannah Kent – Burial Rites
Rachel Kushner – The Flamethrowers
Jhumpa Lahiri – The Lowland
Audrey Magee – The Undertaking
Eimear McBride – A Girl Is A Half-Formed Thing
Charlotte Mendelson – Almost English
Anna Quindlen – Still Life with Bread Crumbs
Elizabeth Strout – The Burgess Boys
Donna Tartt – The Goldfinch
Evie Wyld – All The Birds, Singing