Irish author Eimear McBride has won the 2014 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction with her debut novel, A Girl is Half-Formed Thing.
The novel tells the story of a young woman’s relationship with her brother after a tumour leaves him severely brain-damaged. Not so much a stream of consciousness, as an unconscious railing against a life that makes little sense, and a shocking and intimate insight into the thoughts, feelings and sensual urges of a vulnerable and isolated protagonist, to read ‘A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing’ is to plunge inside its narrator’s head, experiencing her world first-hand. This isn’t always comfortable – but it is always a revelation
The five judges were Caitlin Moran, Denise Mina, Helen Fraser, Mary Beard and Sophie Raworth, who chose the winner from six shortlisted books. Read our earlier blog post about shortlist
Helen Fraser, chair of judges, said of McBride’s winning novel: “An amazing and ambitious first novel that impressed the judges with its inventiveness and energy. This is an extraordinary new voice – this novel will move and astonish the reader.”
In addition, #ThisBook campaign on Twitter aims to find the novel, written by a woman, that’s had the biggest impact on someone’s life.