On International Women’s Day, the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction announced its 2017 longlist. The list this year features 16 titles –culled from 189 submissions – including books by literary giants such as Margaret Atwood and Annie Proulx.
Part of Vintage’s Hogarth Shakespeare project, Atwood’s novel is a modern retelling of Shakespeare’s The Tempest while Barkskins by Proulx – set in 17th century France – tells the story of the descendants of two Frenchmen over a period of 300 years.
The debut works in the running for the £30,000 award are Emma Flint’s Little Deaths, Fiona Melrose’s Midwinter and Ayobami Adebayo’s Stay With Me. A shortlist of six novels will be selected from the pool and revealed on April 3, before the winner is announced on June 7.
The prestigious annual prize is awarded to a female author every year, for a work of fiction written in English. Previous years’ winners include Lisa McInerney’s Glorious Heresies, Ali Smith How To Be Both, and Eimear McBride for A Girl is a Half-formed Thing.
The longlisted novels for 2017 are:
Stay With Me, Ayobami Adebayo
The Power, Naomi Alderman
Hag-Seed, Margaret Atwood
Little Deaths, Emma Flint
The Mare, Mary Gaitskill
The Dark Circle, Linda Grant
The Lesser Bohemians, Eimear McBride
Midwinter, Fiona Melrose
The Sport of Kings, C.E. Morgan
The Woman Next Door, Yewande Omotoso
The Lonely Hearts Hotel, Heather O’Neill
The Essex Serpent, Sarah Perry
Barkskins, Annie Proulx
First Love, Gwendoline Riley
Do Not Say We Have Nothing, Madeleine Thien
The Gustav Sonata, Rose Tremain
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