On International Women’s Day, in line with our ambition to bring the best women’s writing and female storytellers to ever-wider audiences, we are delighted to announce the twenty fantastic books which make up the 2016 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction longlist.
2016 Chair of Judges Margaret Mountford said of this year’s longlist: “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.”
This year’s longlist honours both new and well-established writers; over half the longlist is occupied by debut novels alongside four previously shortlisted authors. Seven nationalities are represented including the first Zimbabwean author to be longlisted for the Prize.
This year’s brilliant panel of judges now have the difficult task of whittling these twenty books down to just six shortlisted titles before finally choosing the winner which will be announced at an awards ceremony held in the Royal Festival Hall on 8th June 2016.
The longlisted books are as follows:
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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