The Books on the Longlist for the Bailey's Prize for Women's Fiction 2016 ...

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The Bailey’s Prize for Women’s Fiction is one of the UK’s premier literary awards.

(Yes – that Bailey’s – cheers!).

It is open to any female author who writes in the English language and the list usually has a good global representation and mix of ethnicities.

Some are names familiar to you but over half this year’s longlist are debut novelists – definitely something to be proud of.

The list of 20 will become 6 finalists with the prize winner being announced on June 7 in London.

1. A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson

A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson

A touching story about an old fashioned man who faces daily challenges in a rapidly modernizing world.

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2. Rush Oh! by Shirley Barrett

Rush Oh! by Shirley Barrett

Set in 1908, this book tells the charming story of a young girl’s coming of age during a tough whaling season in New South Wales.

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3. Ruby by Cynthia Bond

Ruby by Cynthia Bond

A truly memorable novel about a man and his campaign to protect the woman he loves from a town who wants to destroy her.

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4. The Secret Chord by Geraldine Brooks

The Secret Chord by Geraldine Brooks

An ambitious novel that takes on the iconic biblical story of David and tries to tell it in a new and revolutionary way.2

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5. The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

Get wrapped up in this endlessly entertaining sci-fi romp that focuses on a young explorer adventuring across the galaxy.

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6. A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding by Jackie Copleton

A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding by Jackie Copleton

If you loved Memoirs Of A Geisha, you will definitely be a fan of this new novel about family, love, forgiveness and pain.

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7. Whispers through a Megaphone by Rachel Elliott

Whispers through a Megaphone by Rachel Elliott

A touching romantic novel about a shy woman who finally decides to venture out of her comfort zone in an attempt to find love.

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