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Shortlist for 2017 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction

By Nkem Egenuka on Wed, 31/05/2017 - 16:09

The Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction is one of the most respected, most celebrated and most successful literary awards in the world. Founded in 1996, it celebrates the very best full length fiction written by women all over the world.

Nigeria's Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ̀̀'s debut novel Stay With Me is one of the shortlisted book amongst others.

2017 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction Shortlist

  • Stay With Me by Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ̀̀

It tells the internal story of a woman’s journey as she tries to have children and understand her marriage and place in the world. It focuses on the fragility of married love, the undoing of family, the wretchedness of grief, and the all-consuming bonds of motherhood.

  • The Power by Naomi Alderman

The Power  is a gripping story of how the world would change if power were in the hands of women and an exposure to breath-taking daring, into our contemporary world.

  • The Sport of Kings by C.E. Morgan

Henry Forge has partnered with his daughter, Henrietta, in an endeavor of raw obsession: to breed the next super horse, the next Secretariat. But when Allmon, a young black man, comes to work on their farm, the violence in the Forges’ history. It is a tale of wealth and poverty, racism and rage.

  • The Dark Circle by Linda Grant

The Second World War is over, a new decade has begun, but for an East End teenage brother and sister living on the edge of the law, life has been suspended. Sent away to a tuberculosis sanatorium in Kent to learn the way of the patient, they find themselves in the company of army and air force officers, a car salesman, a young university graduate, a mysterious German woman, a member of the aristocracy and an American merchant seaman. They discover that a cure is out of reach…

  • Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien

Do Not Say We Have Nothing is an exceptional saga, stretching as far back as the 1940s and traversing China from Beijing in the north all the way to rural Guangxi, the narrator speaks to us from present-day Vancouver, She’s tells us about her father, who committed suicide in Hong Kong when she was just 10 years old…

  • First Love by Gwendoline Riley

First Love is a novel that tells the tale of a Russian master’s ill-fated love affair. It explores the liminal state between childhood and maturity. It focuses on the relationship between a woman called Neve and her husband Edwyn. Throughout the book she recalls the decisions that led to the marriage and what it feels like to be inside it…











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