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Prize Winning Fiction
Prize Winning Fiction

Women's Bailey Prize for Fiction (formerly Orange)

The Women’s Baileys Prize for Fiction is awarded annually to the woman who, in the opinion of the judges, has written the best, eligible full-length novel in English.

 

The judging panel is made up of five women,  one of whom is appointed Chair by the organisers.  Each judge has an equal vote. A new panel is chosen each year.

 

The Prize is open to any full length novel, written in English by a woman of any nationality, provided that the novel is published for the first time in print form the United Kingdom between 1 April of the year before the Prize is awarded and 31 March of the year in which the Prize is awarded. Although the novel’s first UK publication must fall within these dates, it’s still eligible if it was previously published in English elsewhere. Only books published in the UK are eligible. To prove the book complies with this rule they need to have a UK ISBN, have the price printed in Pounds Sterling and be distributed in the UK.

Year

Book

Author


2014

 

A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing

Young giirls coming of age

Eimear McBride

 

2013

May We be Forgiven

A.M.Homes

 

Rival brothers stick together in adversity

 

2012

The Song of Achilles

Madeline Miller

 

Trojan war and love story

 

2011

The Tiger's Wife

Tea Obreht

 

Grandfather's death partially explained by escaped tiger

 

2010

The Lacuna

Barbara Kingsolver

 

1940's man caught up in US/Mexico politics

 

2009

Home

Marilynne Robinson

 

The prodigal son returns

 

2008

The Road Home

Rose Tremain

 

Polish migrant's view of England

 

2007

Half of a Yellow Sun

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

 

Love in African Civil War

 

2006

On Beauty

Zadie Smith

 

Rival academics and families meet up

 

2005

We Need to Talk about Kevin

Lionel Shriver

 

Mother's growing understanding of son

 

2004

Small Island

Andrea Levy

 

Racial tensions in 1940s London

 

2003

Property: A Novel

Valerie Martin

 

Master/slave relationship in deep South

 

2002

Bel Canto: A Novel

Ann Patchett

 

Terrorists and hostages become one

 

2001

The Idea of Perfection

Kate Grenville

 

Small town off beat romance

 

2000

When I lived in Modern Times

Linda Grant

 

Young woman goes to new Israel state

 

1999

A Crime in the Neighbourhood

Suzanne Berne

 

Baltimore girl's extraordinary summer

 

1998

Larry’s Party

Carol Shields

 

Twenty Years of Modern Manhood

 

1997

Fugitive Pieces

Anne Michaels

 

Polish Jew escapes to Greece

 

1996

A Spell of Winter

Helen Dunmore

 

Siblings haunted by family secrets

 

 

2016 Pulitzer Prize Winner

It's a massive day in arts and journalism because the 100th annual Pulitzer Prize winners were just announced, and there's a big surprise. 2015's best artistic and nonfiction writing across 21 categories were recognized during a ceremony Monday afternoon at Columbia University in New York City. The first Pulitzer Prize was awarded to Hebert Bayward Swope, a reporter for The New York World, in 1916. (And if you're as big a fan of Newsies as I am, that paper should ring a bell, but try to think of it more positively.)

The major prize for book nerds, the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction went to The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen (Grove Press), a legitimate surprise, if you've been paying attention to the book nerd and industry buzz. The feeling around the prize in the last few months would have you putting all your hard-earned cash down on A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara to take home the award, but that's why you should never gamble. Viet Thanh Nguyen is no less deserving, and moreover, it's his debut novel, which makes it such a wonderful win.

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