The Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction longlist features some great reads. With five debut novelists and eight previously shortlisted authors, it showcases both rising stars and well-established writers.
Chair of the judging panel Shami Chakrabarti said: “The Prize’s 20th year is a particularly strong one for women’s fiction. 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 20 books will be cut down to a shortlist of six and an overall winner will be chosen by 3rd June.
Click through on the links to find more information about the books.
Rachel Cusk- Outline
Lissa Evans – Crooked Heart 5 star rated by Leeds readers
Patricia Ferguson – Aren’t We Sisters?
Xiaolu Guo – I Am China
Samantha Harvey – Dear Thief
Emma Healey – Elizabeth is Missing
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 Taylor – 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