The inaugural longlist for the Baileys Prize for Fiction was announced today…
The prize formerly known as the Orange Prize for Fiction announced its longlist of twenty titles today.
Past winners Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Suzanne Berne join previous nominees Margaret Atwood, Charlotte Mendelson, Elizabeth Strout, and Donna Tartt in a list that Chair of Judges Helen Fraser described as “intensely readable, gripping, intelligent and surprising.”
There are also plenty of new names represented – with six debut novels making the cut this year – including Waterstones Book Club title The Shadow of the Crescent Moon and Waterstones eleven 2013 selection Burial Rites.
Now in its 19th year, the Prize’s selection continues to recognise talent from all around the world – including Man Booker 2013 winner Eleanor Catton and fellow 2013 nominees Jhumpa Lahiri, Charlotte Mendelson.
The shortlist will be announced on 7th April and the overall winner, who will receive a cheque for £30,000, on 4th July.
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The longlist in full
Americanah, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
MaddAddam, Margaret Atwood
The Dogs of Littlefield, Suzanne Berne
The Shadow of the Crescent Moon, Fatima Bhutto
The Bear, Claire Cameron
Eleven Days, Lea Carpenter
The Strangler Vine, M.J. Carter
The Luminaries, Eleanor Catton
Reasons She Goes to the Woods, Deborah Kay Davies
The Signature of All Things, Elizabeth Gilbert
Burial Rites, Hannah Kent
The Flamethrowers, Rachel Kushner
The Lowland, Jhumpa Lahiri
The Undertaking, Audrey Magee
A Girl Is A Half-Formed Thing, Eimear McBride
Almost English, Charlotte Mendelson
Still Life with Bread Crumbs, Anna Quindlen
The Burgess Boys, Elizabeth Strout
The Goldfinch, Donna Tartt
All The Birds, Singing, Evie Wyld