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2016 Shortlist Readings


Join us for our annual special event which sees the authors shortlisted for the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction read from and discuss their work on the eve of…

Mon 11 April, 2016

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The Baileys Prize Pop-up Book Bar


On Monday 16th May, the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction will open its first-ever pop-up Baileys Prize Book Bar at Waterstones’ new Tottenham Court Road store to celebrate the…

Mon 11 April, 2016

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A Q&A with Elif Shafak


Following the announcement of this year’s Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction longlist, we caught up with 2016 judge Elif Shafak to discuss Little Women, Angela Merkel and why…

Wed 23 March, 2016

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Announcing 2016 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction longlist


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…

Tue 8 March, 2016

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie wins the Best of the Best


We’re delighted to announce that Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has been named the ‘Best of the Best’ of the winners of the second decade of…

Mon 2 November, 2015

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Welcome to The Bessie Blog


To mark the announcement of our 20th anniversary celebrations (yes, we have indeed reached the ripe old age of 20!), welcome to the very first post on our brand…

Fri 2 October, 2015

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