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Baileys Prize for Women’s Fiction Longlist

7th Mar 2014

Baileys Prize for Women's Fiction Longlist
Judges have whittled down a submission list of over 150 to just 15, and it includes a pile of FBS faves.

The prize, now in its 19th year, honours the best women’s fiction around. We’re never sure how they can bear to whittle down so harshly, but there’s some true gems amongst this year’s contenders.

Debut novels jostle for position amongst best sellers, and established names are joined by relative unknowns.

Our heroine Margaret Atwood is awarded a spot for MaddAddam; Donna Tartt gets an unsurprising nomination for The Goldfinch; Eleanor Catton sees a place for The Luminaries, already winner of last year’s booker and icon Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie takes a well-deserved place with the electrifying Americanah.

Alongside the big guns, there’s six new kids on the block, all nominated for debut novels. They include Lea Carpenter for Eleven Days, MJ Carter for The Strangler Vine and Hannah Kent for Burial Rites.

We’re pleased to say we read most of them before they got all cool and long listed, but we’re still looking forward to a big fat wordy read fest before the Baileys Prize winner is announced on June 6th.

The full list is:

Chimamanda Ngozi AdichieAmericanah

Margaret AtwoodMaddAddam

Suzanne Berne –  The Dogs of Littlefield

Fatima BhuttoThe Shadow of the Crescent Moon

Claire Cameron –  The Bear

Lea CarpenterEleven Days

M.J. CarterThe Strangler Vine

Eleanor CattonThe Luminaries

Deborah Kay DaviesReasons She Goes to the Woods

Elizabeth Gilbert The Signature of All Things

Hannah KentBurial Rites

Rachel KushnerThe Flamethrowers

Jhumpa Lahiri The Lowland

Audrey MageeThe Undertaking

Eimear McBrideA Girl Is A Half-Formed Thing

Charlotte MendelsonAlmost English

Anna QuindlenStill Life with Bread Crumbs

Elizabeth Strout The Burgess Boys

Donna Tartt The Goldfinch

Evie WyldAll The Birds, Singing