Wednesday, March 09, 2016

Head to head again: Atkinson and Enright on Baileys Prize longlist

The Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction longlist
The Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction longlist

Debut novels dominate the longlist for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction, announced today to coincide with International Women's Day 2016. Eleven out of the 20 books on the list are by first-time authors, from Britain, Australia, America, Zimbabwe, Ireland and Serbia. 

More established names on the longlist for the former Orange Prize, which "celebrates excellence, originality and accessibility in writing by women in English from throughout the world", include Kate Atkinson, whose A God In Ruins, the follow-up to her bestselling Life After Life, won the Costa novel award earlier this year, and Man Booker Prize-winner Anne Enright, nominated for The Green Road, the story of a tense family reunion in the west of Ireland.
 Atkinson, Enright and Melissa Harrison, longlisted here for At Hawthorn Time, were three out of the four shortlistees for the Costa novel award, announced in January.
 They are joined by Hanya Yanigahara's harrowing Booker-shortlisted A Little Life, and two novels by  previous Women's Prize shortlistees: Attica Locke for Pleasantville and Elizabeth Strout  (whose Pulitzer Prize-winning Olive Kitteridge recently became a HBO series) for My Name Is Lucy Barton.

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