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Women’s Prize for Fiction Boasts Impressive Longlist for ‘Year of Reading Women’


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Writer Joanna Walsh dubbed 2014 ‘the year of reading women’ when she launched the #readwomen2014 project late last year. The project encourages readers to read books written by female authors, or at the very least, learn about them, and the trend is spreading. American literary journal The Critical Flame will dedicate one year of its review coverage wholly to women writers and writers of color, beginning with their May 2014 issue.  If ever there was a year to read women, this is it. Names like Eleanor Catton, Donna Tartt, Rachel Kushner, Jhumpa Lahiri and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie have received a multitude of award nods for their latest works, while Hannah Kent, Anna Quindlen and Elizabeth Gilbert have dominated editors’ picks lists.

The recent surge in attention to women authors is nothing new for the Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction – they’ve been celebrating excellence in women’s writing since 1996. The expert judges have provided anyone looking for a female-focused reading list with a bumper selection. This year’s longlist features established authors like Margaret Atwood alongside debut novelists like Eimear McBride and M.J. Carter.

Without further adieu, the books of the 2014 Women’s Prize for Fiction longlist:

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

MaddAddam by Margaret Atwood

The Dogs of Littlefield by Suzanne Berne

The Shadow of the Crescent Moon by Fatima Bhutto

The Bear by Claire Cameron

Eleven Days by Lea Carpenter

The Strangler Vine by M.J. Carter

The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton

Reasons She Goes to the Woods by Deborah Kay Davies

The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert

Burial Rites by Hannah Kent

The Flamethrowers Rachel Kushner

The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri

The Undertaking Audrey Magee

A Girl Is A Half-Formed Thing by Eimear McBride

Almost English by Charlotte Mendelson

Still Life with Bread Crumbs by Anna Quindlen

The Burgess Boys by Elizabeth Strout

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

All The Birds, Singing by Evie Wyld

Want to read more women? Check out our list of the 75 Greatest Living Female Authors, as chosen by our customers and keen bibliophiles.

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Jessica Doyle

2 Responses to “Women’s Prize for Fiction Boasts Impressive Longlist for ‘Year of Reading Women’”

  1. Excellent list, but how did they miss Ruth Ozeki’s ‘A Tale for the Time Being’?

  2. Or ‘Life After Life’ by Kate Atkinson…