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

By Neecey

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 AtkinsonA 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 BarrettSet 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 BondA 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 BrooksAn ambitious novel that takes on the iconic biblical story of David and tries to tell it in a new and revolutionary way.

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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 ChambersGet 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 CopletonIf 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 ElliottA 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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8 The Green Road by Anne Enright

The Green Road by Anne EnrightA classic feeling tale that spans the ups and downs of a family over thirty eventful years.

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9 The Book of Memory by Petina Gappah

The Book of Memory by Petina GappahAn incredible book told from the perspective of an albino woman who is serving time in a Zimbabwe prison for a murder conviction.

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10 Gorsky by Vesna Goldsworthy

Gorsky by Vesna GoldsworthyA real page turner of a novel that incorporates elegance, romance and an addictive dose of danger.

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11 The Anatomist’s Dream by Clio Gray

The Anatomist’s Dream by Clio GrayA brilliant novel that tells the story of a boy born with a skull abnormality who is forced to grow up in a travelling carnival.

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12 At Hawthorn Time by Melissa Harrison

At Hawthorn Time by Melissa HarrisonA sweeping novel that features the overlapping lives of a group of people, with themes including consumerism, identity, and people’s personal boundaries.

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13 Pleasantville by Attica Locke

Pleasantville by Attica LockeThis novel by the producer of hit show Empire sees the return of lawyer Jay Porter who becomes mixed up in a tale of dangerous politics and intrigue.

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14 The Glorious Heresies by Lisa McInerney

The Glorious Heresies by Lisa McInerneyA gripping and at times dark novel that highlights the culture and institutions of contemporary Ireland.

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15 The Portable Veblen by Elizabeth McKenzie

The Portable Veblen by Elizabeth McKenzieA really unique novel about dysfunctional families, love, nature and money, and all the good and bad sides of those themes.

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16 Girl at Way by Sara Novic

Girl at Way by Sara NovicAn amazing story about a ten-year-old tomboy growing up in the war torn centre of Yugoslavia.

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17 The House at the Edge of World by Julia Rochester

The House at the Edge of World by Julia RochesterA brilliant debut novel that incorporates psychological drama and mystery to create a truly unforgettable read.

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18 The Improbability of Love by Hannah Rothschild

The Improbability of Love by Hannah RothschildAnother debut novel, this time about the comings and goings in the background of a popular London auction house.

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19 My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout

My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth StroutA touching story about a mother and daughter than revolves around a simple, unassuming visit to a hospital.

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20 A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

A Little Life by Hanya YanagiharaOne of the most popular books of the last year, a story of four graduates classmates and their move to New York to find success and fortune.

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I hope you check out some of these great reads.

Congratulations to all the longlist authors and good luck!

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