Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2015 Longlist announced
The eagerly awaited longlist for the 2015 Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction has been revealed. Five debut novelists feature for the first time while eleven previously nominated authors also appear on the longlist.
The longlisted authors and titles are:
Rachel Cusk - Outline
Lissa Evans - Crooked Heart
Xiaolu Guo - I am China
Samantha Harvey - Dear Thief
Emma Healey - Elizabeth is Missing
Patricia Ferguson - Aren't We Sisters?
Emily St. John Mandel - Station Eleven
Grace McCleen - The Offering
Sandra Newman - The Country of Ice Cream Star
Heather O'Neill - The Girl Who Was Saturday Night
Laline Paull - The Bees
Marie Phillips - The Table of Less Valued Knights
Rachel Seiffert - The Walk Home
Kamila Shamsie - A God in Every Stone
Ali Smith - How to be Both
Sara Tyler - The Shore
Anne Tyler - A Spool of Blue Thread
Sarah Waters - The Paying Guests
Jemma Wayne - After Before
PP Wong - The Life of a Banana
This year's panel of judges read a total of 165 entries and whittled them down to a longlist of 20 novels, representing the best of international fiction written by women between 1 April 2014 and 31 March 2015.
The judges were:
Shami Chakrabarti, (Chair), Director, Liberty
Laura Bates, writer and Founder of The Everyday Sexism Project
Grace Dent, Columnist and Broadcaster
Helen Dunmore, Novelist, Poet and Winner of the Inaugural Orange Prize for Fiction (1996)
Cathy Newman, Presenter, Channel 4 News
"The Prize's 20th year is a particularly strong one for women's fiction," commented Shami Chakrabarti, Chair of Judges. "All judges fought hard for their favourites and the result is a 2015 list of 20 to be proud of – with its mix of genres and styles, first-timers and well-known names from around the world. There is a very strong showing of UK writers and we are all incredibly excited about the final stages of the search for the winner."
The shortlist will be revealed on April 13th with the winner announced on 3rd June.