Baileys Prize for Women’s Fiction Longlist
7th Mar 2014
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 Adichie – Americanah
Suzanne Berne – The Dogs of Littlefield
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
Audrey Magee – The Undertaking
Eimear McBride – A Girl Is A Half-Formed Thing
Anna Quindlen – Still Life with Bread Crumbs
Elizabeth Strout – The Burgess Boys
Donna Tartt – The Goldfinch