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Baileys Prize for Fiction Longlist Announced

The inaugural longlist for the Baileys Prize for Fiction was announced today...

Posted on 7th March 2014 by Dan Lewis Lewis

Baileys Prize for FictionThe 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 LahiriCharlotte Mendelson.

The shortlist will be announced on 7th April and the overall winner, who will receive a cheque for £30,000, on 4th July.


Who would be on your shortlist of six? Let us know in the comments below.


The longlist in full

AmericanahChimamanda Ngozi Adichie
MaddAddamMargaret Atwood
The Dogs of LittlefieldSuzanne Berne
The Shadow of the Crescent MoonFatima Bhutto
The BearClaire Cameron
Eleven DaysLea Carpenter
The Strangler VineM.J. Carter
The LuminariesEleanor Catton
Reasons She Goes to the WoodsDeborah Kay Davies
The Signature of All ThingsElizabeth Gilbert
Burial RitesHannah Kent
The FlamethrowersRachel Kushner
The LowlandJhumpa Lahiri
The UndertakingAudrey Magee
A Girl Is A Half-Formed ThingEimear McBride
Almost EnglishCharlotte Mendelson
Still Life with Bread CrumbsAnna Quindlen
The Burgess BoysElizabeth Strout
The GoldfinchDonna Tartt
All The Birds, SingingEvie Wyld