Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

Bulk out your reading list with the nominees for the 2016 Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction

BWPFF 2016 Shortlisted Books.jpg

Thrillers, love lost and treasures found are the order of the day, with the release of the shortlist for the 2016 Bailey’s Prize for Fiction.

Announced at London’s Royal Festival Hall on Monday 11 April, with novelist and award co-founder, Kate Mosse hosting, the shortlist features six books, comprising three debut novels and one previously shortlisted author.

The award, now in its 21 year, was set up to celebrate international fiction by women and is the UK’s only annual book prize for fiction written by women. It celebrates ‘excellence, originality and accessibility in writing by women from throughout the world.’  

Any woman writing in English is eligible for entry, and the prize is a cheque of £30,000.

Previous winners include Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie for Half of a Yellow Sun (2007), Zadie Smith’s On Beauty (2006), and Lionel Shriver’s We Need to Talk About Kevin (2005).

This year, the ceremony will be held at the Royal festival Hall on 8 June.

Come take a look at this year’s shortlist - and get set to refresh your bookshelf with some sparkling new reads:

reading

Cynthia Bond, Ruby

Ruby is the debut novel from Cynthia Bond, an American author who has taught writing to the homeless in LA for over 15 years.

The story follows Ephram Jennings, who dreams of a beautiful girl from his youth. Ruby left her home town, fleeing from violence to seek the glamour of 1950s New York but, years later, aged 30, she must return home, and Ephram is forced to choose between his sister, and Ruby, the woman he has always loved.

Anne Enright, The Green Road

This is Enright’s sixth novel, and tells the story of the children of Rosaleen Madigan, who leave west Ireland for new lives in Dublin, New York and some third-world towns. When their mother decides to sell their family home, the children return for a final Christmas to relive their childhoods.

Lisa McInerney, The Glorious Heresies

Another debut novel, The Glorious Heresies follows how a messy murder affects the lives of five outsiders in Ireland: Ryan, a 15-year-old drug dealer, Georgie, a prostitute, Maureen, the accidental murderer, and Jimmy, the son she was forced to give up.

reading

Elizabeth McKenzie, The Portable Veblen

An anti-consumerist positive force and amateur translator of Norwegian, Veblen believes that the grey squirrel following her around understands exactly what is going on. Veblen’s fiancé, Paul, is a neuroscientist with no time for squirrels and is working closely with seductress, Cloris Hutmacher, an heiress to a pharmaceuticals empire who promises him fame.

Hannah Rothschild, The Improbability of Love

The debut novel from director and writer, Hannah Rothschild, The Improbability of Love tells the story of lovelorn Annie McDee, who discovers an old painting which turns out to be a lost 18th Century masterpiece. McDee is thrust into the world of auctioneers and Russian oligarchs, keen to get their hands on the painting – entitled The Improbability of Love.

Hanya Yanagihara, A Little Life

When four classmates from masachusetts move to New York, all they have to keep them afloat is their friendship. Over the decades, their relationships become darker, tainted by success and pride. Eventually they all realise that one of the group – Jude- is the real challenge they all have to face up to. 

Images: iStock

Related

Main_rt.jpg

Join Stylist’s most thrilling book club yet

writing a book.jpg

An author reveals what it's (really) like to write a debut novel

bridget trailer.JPG

The trailer for Bridget Jones' Baby has arrived

iStock_000073088015_Medium.jpg

How living like a Danish woman made me happier

310_tablet_womens_equality_LEAD_v1.jpg

Just who are the Women’s Equality Party and what do they stand for?

ariana huffington.jpg

Arianna Huffington shares the advice that pushed her to succeed

iStock_000079741235_Large.jpg

Meet the women who swapped business suits for sports gear full-time

iStock_000078590717_Large.jpg

The most exciting new books of April

Jazz Ohara Calais Camp.jpg

“I quit my career in fashion to volunteer in the Calais refugee camp”

More

The Peter Rabbit trailer has genuinely horrified Beatrix Potter fans

“They’ve… they’ve turned Peter into a frat boy!”

by Kayleigh Dray
22 Sep 2017

Practical Magic is FINALLY getting the prequel of your dreams

Flip the switch and let the cauldron bubble…

by Kayleigh Dray
14 Sep 2017

The Moomins are coming back to TV and the cast is incredible

Ready your Little My topknots

by Amy Swales
12 Sep 2017

Your £10 note is worth a LOT of money if it features this tiny detail

Oh Jane Austen, you’re spoiling us…

by Kayleigh Dray
12 Sep 2017

The Fifty Shades Freed trailer has arrived – and it’s pretty dark

Mrs Grey will see you now

by Amy Swales
11 Sep 2017

10 brilliant books to curl up with this September

From gripping crime fiction to beautiful poetry

by Sarah Shaffi
01 Sep 2017

Puberty guide causes fury with “problematic” explanation of breasts

The book said girls have breasts to make them look “grown-up and attractive”

by Sarah Biddlecombe
30 Aug 2017

The 5 biggest plot holes in Harry Potter, as exposed by fans

Accio problematic plot points!

by Susan Devaney
30 Aug 2017

50 unmissable books to kickstart your autumn reading

Your first look at the essential titles for autumn 2017

by Francesca Brown
25 Aug 2017

The 10 must-read books for anyone with siblings

There's often nothing more page-turning than the secrets between siblings

by Stylist
23 Aug 2017