Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction

The Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction (formerly the Orange Prize) is one of the most respected, most celebrated and most successful literary awards in the world. An annual award, it celebrates the very best full length fiction written by women throughout the world. Every June, a panel of five women, all passionate readers and at the top of their respective professions, choose the winner. This year’s shortlist has just been announced. Which book would get your vote?

Shortlist 2014

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

“A wonderful book from a writer who makes words do extraordinary things. On almost every page there’s a sentence that makes you want to stop, think and read it again.” Mary Beard, Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction 2014 Judge

Burial Rites by Hannah Kent

“A stunning, haunting debut by this young Australian writer. It tells the story of Agnes, condemned to death for murder in Iceland in the 1820s. Beautiful prose, evocative imagery, Hannah Kent transports you effortlessly back to the bleak landscape of northern Iceland 2 centuries ago.  I couldn’t put it down, yet I didn’t want it to come to an end. It’s a book that will stay with you for a long time.“ Sophie Raworth, Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction 2014 Judge

The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri

“Moving and vivid, an unforgettable story of two brothers and the different paths they take.  A novel about how political passion can destroy lives” Helen Fraser, Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction 2014 Chair

The Undertaking by Audrey Magee

An extraordinarily startling, hypnotic debut novel, both sparse and rich, bringing a brutal era to life. So vivid it leaves the reader with a lingering sense of having been present at world events and hiding in the shadows of private rooms.” Denise Mina, Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction 2014 Judge

A Girl Is A Half-Formed Thing by Eimear McBride

“This is a proper tingles-up-the-spine, call all your friends shouting “A new writer has arrived, and she’s it – she’s got the thing, the very thing we’re all waiting for.” An astonishing debut novel of risk, energy and creative dazzle – half-sound, half-colour, A Girl Is A Half-Formed Thing puts you in the head of a clever, troubled Irish girl and her rapidly collapsing life, and leaves you there weeks after you’ve finished it. The kind of book that makes you proselytise to friends, strangers and random cold-callers to the house.” Caitlin Moran, Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction 2014 Judge

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

“A novel with Dickensian breadth, which grips from the first page and explores loss, grief, rescue and love brilliantly” Helen Fraser, Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction 2014 Chair

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