London, 7th March 2014: The Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction, the UK’s only annual book award for fiction written by a woman, today announces the 2014 longlist. Now in its nineteenth* year, the Prize celebrates excellence, originality and accessibility in writing by women in English from throughout the world.

Author – Title – Publisher – Nationality

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – Americanah – Fourth Estate – Nigerian – 3rd Novel

Margaret Atwood – Maddaddam – Bloomsbury – Canadian – 14th Novel

Suzanne Berne – The Dogs of Littlefield – Fig Tree – American – 4th Novel

Fatima Bhutto – The Shadow of the Crescent Moon – Viking – Pakistani – 1st Novel

Claire Cameron – The Bear – Harvill Secker – Canadian – 2nd Novel

Lea Carpenter – Eleven Days – Two Roads – American – 1st Novel

M.J. Carter – The Strangler Vine – Fig Tree – British – 1st Novel

Eleanor Catton – The Luminaries – Granta – New Zealand/Canadian – 2nd Novel

Deborah Kay Davies – Reasons She Goes to the Woods – Oneworld – British – 2nd Novel

Elizabeth Gilbert – The Signature of All Things – Bloomsbury – American – 2nd Novel

Hannah Kent – Burial Rites – Picador – Australian – 1st Novel

Rachel Kushner – The Flamethrowers – Harvill Secker – American – 2nd Novel

Jhumpa Lahiri – The Lowland – Bloomsbury – Indian/American – 2nd Novel

Audrey Magee – The Undertaking – Atlantic Books – Irish – 1st Novel

Eimear McBride – A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing – Gallery Beggar Press – Irish – 1st Novel

Charlotte Mendelson – Almost English – Mantle – British – 4th Novel

Anna Quindlen – Still Life With Bread Crumbs – Hutchinson – American – 7th Novel

Elizabeth Strout – The Burgess Boys – Simon and Schuster – American – 4th Novel

Donna Tartt – The Goldfinch – Little, Brown – American – 3rd Novel

Evie Wyld – All the Birds, Singing – Jonathan Cape – British – 2nd Novel

The judges for the 2014 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction are:

Helen Fraser, (Chair), Chief Executive of the Girls’ Day School Trust

Mary Beard, Professor of Classics at the University of Cambridge

Denise Mina, Writer

Caitlin Moran, Times columnist, Author and Screenwriter

Sophie Raworth, BBC Broadcaster and Journalist

“The judges feel that this is a fantastic selection of books of the highest quality – intensely readable, gripping, intelligent and surprising – that you would want to press on your friends, and the judges have been doing just that,” commented Helen Fraser, Chair of Judges. “There was a great deal of talent and exciting writing in the books that were submitted this year and we hope that between now and the announcement of the shortlist on 7th April many readers will want to share the enjoyment we have had with these 20 terrific novels.”

“The Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction exists to celebrate excellence and originality in women’s writing,” commented Syl Saller, Chief Marketing Officer, Diageo. “The books chosen for the longlist represent the outstanding talent, creativity and diversity of female writers and we are proud to promote their work to ever wider audiences.”

Set up in 1996 to celebrate and promote international fiction by women throughout the world to the widest range of readers possible, the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction is awarded for the best novel of the year written by a woman. Any woman writing in English – whatever her nationality, country of residence, age or subject matter – is eligible.

This year’s longlist, revealed on the eve of International Women’s Day 2014, honours both new and well-established writers, featuring six first novels alongside two previous Orange Prize winners; Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie who is longlisted for her third novel, and Suzanne Berne longlisted for her fourth novel. One author appearing on this year’s list has previously been longlisted for the Prize and a further five authors have been shortlisted.

The winner will receive a cheque for £30,000 and a limited edition bronze known as a ‘Bessie’, created and donated by the artist Grizel Niven. Both are anonymously endowed.

The winner will be announced at an awards ceremony to be held in The Clore Ballroom at the Royal Festival Hall on 4th June 2014.

Previous winners include A.M. Homes for May We Be Forgiven (2013), Madeline Miller for The Song of Achilles (2012), Téa Obreht for The Tiger’s Wife (2011), Barbara Kingsolver for The Lacuna (2010), Marilynne Robinson for Home (2009), Rose Tremain for The Road Home (2008), Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie for Half of a Yellow Sun (2007), Zadie Smith for On Beauty (2006), Lionel Shriver for We Need to Talk About Kevin (2005), Andrea Levy for Small Island (2004), Valerie Martin for Property (2003), Ann Patchett for Bel Canto (2002), Kate Grenville for The Idea of Perfection (2001), Linda Grant for When I Lived in Modern Times (2000), Suzanne Berne for A Crime in the Neighbourhood (1999), Carol Shields for Larry’s Party (1998), Anne Michaels for Fugitive Pieces (1997), and Helen Dunmore for A Spell of Winter (1996).

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