The Baileys Prize for Fiction celebrates the best new female literature; read more about the winning novel here...
Earlier this year, Irish author Lisa McInerney won the 2016 Baileys Women?s Prize for Fiction with her first novel The Glorious Heresies.
McInerney was presented with a £30,000 prize and the ?Bessie?, a limited edition bronze sculpture created and donated by the artist Grizel Niven, at an awards ceremony held at the Royal Festival Hall in London.
Born in 1981, McInerney made a name for herself as the writer of a blog about life on a council estate, ‘Arse End of Ireland’, and has previously published one short story.
The Glorious Heresies is her first novel, and has been named book of the year by The Irish Times, Sunday Independent and Sunday Business Post.
Judges chaired by Apprentice star Margaret Mountford, who praised McInerney?s book as ?a superbly original, compassionate novel that delivers insights into the very darkest of lives through humour and skilful storytelling.?
The announcement of McInerney’s win came as a surprise as the odds were on Annie Enright to take home the prize for The Green Road.
Last year, Ali Smith took home the prestigous award for her novel How to be Both, while previous winners include Zadie Smith (On Beauty), Eimar McBride (A Girl is a Half-formed Thing) and Lionel Shriver (We Need to Talk About Kevin).
Baileys Women’s Prize For Fiction will be featuring at Latitude Festival this year with a series of live events and talks from the 15th-17th July. Speakers include 2016 prizewinner Lisa McInerney as well as Sara Pascoe, Naomi Alderman, Leyla Hussein and Amy Annette and Baileys Prize co-founder and bestselling novelist Kate Mosse.
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Click through for more information on this year’s shortlisted books…
Cynthia Bond teaches therapeutic writing to young people who are homeless or at-risk in Los Angeles. Ruby is a tale of the struggle Ephram Jennings faces choosing between loyalty to his sister or the girl he has loved since he was a boy.
The ever-upbeat Veblen thinks (among other eccentric beliefs) that a grey squirrel that has been following her can understand everything she says. Her second novel, Elizabeth McKenzie’s work has appeared in a number of publications including The New Yorker.
Four classmates from a small Massacheusetts college move to New York, broke but held together by their friendship and ambition. Over the years, addiction, success and pride turn their friendship into something much darker.
Anne Enright, winner of the 2007 Man Booker Prize and Irish Novel of the Year Award for The Gathering, pens her sixth novel about Rosaleen Madigan, who decides in her old age to sell the house after her children leave to build their lives in Dublin and New York.
Hannah Rothschild is a writer and film director whose works have appeared on the BBC and HBO. Annie McDee is in search of a present for her unsuitable lover when a painting catches her eye. She prepares an elaborate meal for her beau, only to be stood up, the painting gathering dust on her mantelpiece, a painting with a story to tell…