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Baileys Prize Shortlist for 2014

8th Apr 2014

Baileys Prize Shortlist for 2014
The panel have ruthlessly cut the fifteen-strong longlist to six for this year's shortlist, which boast some incredible talent, if not many surprises.

Jhumpa Lahiri‘s The Lowland and Burial Rites by Australian Hannah Kent, both seem to have earned a nomination in every major prize going in the last year, and they feature again in the Bailey’s final six.

Eimear McBride‘s struggle to see her first novel published is well-known now, and a nomination in the only all-women’s annual fiction shorlist is further affirmation for the Irish talent.

She is joined by fellow country-woman, Audrey Magee, whose debut explores the discomforting reality of Nazi disillusionment.

The final two spots are occupied by award-list stalwart’s and FBS favourites, Donna Tartt and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, whose novel, Americanah beat Tartt’s The Goldfinch to the title of National Book Critic’s Circle Award.

A convicted murderess, Catholic hypocrisy, a criminal underworld and racial tensions in the wake of 9/11, are just surface glances of the rich content of the six novels.Though sadly void of home-grown author’s this year, it is encouraging to see a list as diverse in its context – India’s Naxalite Movement, military Nigeria, rural Ireland and 19th century Iceland – as it is in its subject matter. A convicted murderess, Catholic hypocrisy, a criminal underworld and racial tensions in the wake of 9/11, are just surface glances of the rich content of the six novels.

Chair, Helen Fraser praised the shortlisters for their exceptionality, saying, “There were many books on the longlist that were very good all the way through but the six books here leaped beyond that in to something really extraordinary.” 

We can’t wait for the announcement of this year’s winner on June 4th.

Burial Rites – Hannah Kent

The Lowland – Jhumpa Lahiri

The GoldfinchDonna Tartt

AmericanahChimamanda Ngozi Adichie

The Undertaking – Audrey Magee

A Girl is a Half-Formed ThingEimear McBride

Who do you think should win?