Irish writer Lisa McInerney won the prestigious Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction in London on Wednesday for her debut novel ‘The Glorious Heresies’.
Margaret Mountford, the chair of the judges, said it was a “superbly original, compassionate novel that delivers insights into the very darkest of lives through humour and skilful storytelling”.
The £30,000 (Rs. 29,02,752) award, previously known as the Orange prize, is presented each year to the best novel written by a woman from anywhere in the world.
McInerney’s book details the lives of five misfits living on the edge of society in Cork, after the financial crisis.
They are all affected by the same messy murder, in what the Irish Times described as a “seriously enjoyable and high-octane morality tale”.
Previous winners of the prize, which was launched in 1996, include Barbara Kingsolver, Lionel Shriver and Ali Smith.
This year’s nominees included best-selling American author Cynthia Bond (‘Ruby’), Irish writer Anne Enright (‘The Green Road’), American writer Elizabeth McKenzie (‘The Portable Veblen’), Britain’s Hannah Rothschild (‘The Improbability of Love’) and American writer Hanya Yanagihara (‘A Little Life’).
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