The longlist for this year’s Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction has been announced and includes rising stars of literature and well-established writers.
Five debut novelists and eight previously shortlisted authors are included on the longlist of 20 books.
The prize, which is now in its 20th year, celebrates the best in contemporary women’s fiction. All books have been written in English and published in the UK within the last 12 months. Previous winners have included Lionel Shriver, Marilynne Robinson and Barbara Kingsolver.
Shami Chakrabarti, Chair of judges, 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 judges must now whittle these 20 books down to a shortlist of six, before choosing an overall winner to be announced on 3rd June 2015.
Here at the Cosy Corner book blog we will be reading and reviewing some of the books on the list, and are looking forward to getting started on the reading.
The 2015 longlist
Rachel Cusk: Outline
Lissa Evans: Crooked Heart
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’Neil: 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