Debuts on the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction longlist


The Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction (formerly the Orange Prize), which celebrates the best novels written by women around the world, announced their longlist last week. There are a handful of debuts on the list. Some of them, like Eleanor Catton’s The Luminaries and Hannah Kent’s Burial Rites, have made it on to other prize lists. I will look at three that are  less well known.

The Shadow of the Crescent Moon by Fatima Bhutto tells the story of three brothers living in contemporary Pakistan. Bhutto has also published non-fiction books and a collection of poetry.

 Eleven Days by Lea Carpenter tells the story of an American mother whose son goes missing in during a Special Operations mission in Afghanistan.

A Girl Is A Half-Formed Thing by Eimear McBride is an experimental novel about an Irish family. This book is noted as much for its unique prose as for the story.

These authors come from Pakistan, the US and Ireland. One of the things I like about this prize’s list is that it is a way to discover new writers from around the globe.





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3 responses to “Debuts on the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction longlist

  1. Dock Oscar

    The beginning of Burial Rites started out really well, giving a great sense of time and place as well as culture. Haven’t read the other books.

  2. Kate, thanks so much. I love reading women’s voices and believe we need more of that in the world.

  3. Thanks, Janis. I feel the same. The more stories that are given voice to, the more we understand each other in the world….

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