Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction 2014 Longlist Announced
7th March 2014
Set up in 1996 to celebrate and promote international fiction by women throughout the world to the widest range of readers possible, the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction is awarded for the best novel of the year written by a woman. Any woman writing in English - whatever her nationality, country of residence, age or subject matter - is eligible.
This year's longlist, below, revealed on the eve of International Women's Day 2014, honours both new and well-established writers, featuring six first novels alongside two previous Orange Prize winners; Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie who is longlisted for her third novel, and Suzanne Berne longlisted for her fourth novel. One author appearing on this year's list has previously been longlisted for the Prize and a further five authors have been shortlisted.
The judges, chaired by Helen Fraser, Chief Executive of the Girls' Day School Trust, are:
Mary Beard, Professor of Classics at the University of Cambridge; Denise Mina, Writer;
Caitlin Moran, Times columnist, Author and Screenwriter; and Sophie Raworth, BBC Broadcaster and Journalist
Speaking on their behalf, Helen Fraser said, 'The judges feel that this is a fantastic selection of books of the highest quality - intensely readable, gripping, intelligent and surprising - that you would want to press on your friends, and the judges have been doing just that...There was a great deal of talent and exciting writing in the books that were submitted this year and we hope that between now and the announcement of the shortlist on 7th April many readers will want to share the enjoyment we have had with these 20 terrific novels.'
The winner, who will be revealed on 4th June, will receive a cheque for £30,000 and a limited edition bronze known as a 'Bessie'. Previous winners include A.M. Homes for May We Be Forgiven (2013) and Madeline Miller for The Song of Achilles (2012).
Deborah Kay Davies
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie