Lisa McInerney Wins 2016 Baileys Women’s Prize For Fiction

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    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…