The Baileys Women’s Prize For Fiction has just announced it’s winner, from a 6-strong shortlist, and an original 16 book longlist.
London-born Naomi Alderman took home the pretigious literary award for her sci-fi novel, The Power. As the winner of the prize, she
will receive £30,000, and a limited edition Bronze figurine.
Tessa Ross, Chair of Judges, said, “The judges and I were thrilled to make this decision. We debated this wonderful shortlist for many hours but kept returning to Naomi Alderman’s brilliantly imagined dystopia – her big ideas and her fantastic imagination.”
winner was announced at a ceremony in the Clore Ballroom at the
Royal Festival Hall, London on 7th June. The 5-strong judging panel for
the prize included Sam Baker, co-founder of website The Pool, and author
and comedian Sara Pascoe.
Now in it’s 22nd year, the Bailey’s Women’s prize aims to celebrate writing by women in English from around the world.
Six nationalities were represented across the longlist, Irish, American, Canadian, British, South African and Nigerian. Six British authors made the list, including Sarah Perry for The Essex Serpent, Emma Flint with Little Deaths, and Rose Tremain, who also won the prize in 2008, for her 2016 novel The Gustav Sonata.
See the original full shortlist and longlist below…
The Power, Naomi Alderman
The Dark Circles, Linda Grant
Do Not Say We Have Nothing, Madeleine Thien
The Sport Of Kings, C.E.Morgan
First Love, Gwendoline Riley
Stay With Me, Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ̀̀
Barkskins, Annie Proulx
The Lonely Hearts Hotel, Heather O’Neill
The Lesser Bohemians, Eimear McBride
The Mare, Mary Gaitskill
The Woman Next Door, Yewanda Omotoso
The Gustav Sonata, Rose Tremain
The Essex Serpent, Sarah Perry
Midwinter, Fiona Melrose
Little Deaths, Emma Flint
Hag-seed, Margaret Atwood