Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2016

Latest update 'Lisa McInerney has won the 2016 Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction with her first novel The Glorious Heresies'

Debut Irish author Lisa McInerney has won the 2016 Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction with her first novel The Glorious Heresies (John Murray).

 

The 2016 Chair of Judges, Margaret Mountford, presented the author with the £30,000 prize and the 'Bessie', a limited edition bronze figurine. The awards ceremony took place at the Royal Festival Hall and was hosted by novelist and Prize Co-Founder, Kate Mosse.

 

The winning story tells the tale of how one messy murder affects the lives of five misfits who exist on the fringes of Ireland's post-crash society.

 

Margaret Mountford, Chair of Judges, said:

After a passionate discussion around a very strong shortlist, we chose Lisa McInerney's The Glorious Heresies, a superbly original, compassionate novel that delivers insights into the very darkest of lives through humour and skilful storytelling. A fresh new voice and a wonderful winner.

The Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction is the UK's only annual book award for fiction written by a woman celebrating excellence, originality and accessibility in women's writing from throughout the world. 

 

Established in 1996 to celebrate and promote international fiction by women throughout the world to the widest range of readers possible, the Prize - now in its twenty first year and the third year of an ongoing partnership with new headline sponsor, Baileys - 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.

 

Novelist & Co-Founder of the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction, Kate Mosse, said: 

This year, the Prize comes of age. Since 1996, we have honoured novelists of exceptional talent, have promoted and celebrated fiction from all over the world, have brought together readers and writers, and supported literacy, research and reading initiatives. 

Now, as we celebrate the work of Lisa McInerney - our  21st winner - the list of those shortlisted and winning novels, past and present, stands as a tribute to women's talent, ingenuity, originality and imagination.

Previous winners include Ali Smith's How to be Both (2015), Eimear McBride for A Girl is a Half-formed Thing (2014) and A.M. Homes for May We Be Forgiven (2013).

 

For more information please visit the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction website

 

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  • Winner

    The Glorious Heresies

    Lisa McInerney
    John Murray

    One messy murder affects the lives of five misfits who exist on the fringes of Ireland's post-crash society. Ryan is a fifteen-year-old drug dealer desperate not to turn out like his alcoholic father Tony, whose obsession with this unhinged next-door neighbour threatens to ruin him and his family.

     

    Georgie is a prostitute whose willingness to feign a religious conversion has dangerous repercussions, while Maureen, the accidental murderer, has returned to Cork after forty years in exile to discover that Jimmy, the son she was forced to give up years before, has grown into the most fearsome gangster in the city. In seeking atonement for the murder and a multitude of perceived sins, Maureen threatens to destroy everything her son has worked so hard for, while her actions risk bringing the intertwined lives of the Irish underworld into the spotlight…

Shortlist

  • Ruby

    Cynthia Bond
    Two Roads
  • The Green Road

    Anne Enright
    Jonathan Cape
  • The Glorious Heresies

    Lisa McInerney
    John Murray
  • The Improbability of Love

    Hannah Rothschild
    Bloomsbury
  • A Little Life

    Hanya Yanagihara
    Picador
  • The Portable Veblen

    Elizabeth McKenzie
    Fourth Estate

Longlist

  • A God in Ruins

    Kate Atkinson
    Doubleday
  • Rush Oh!

    Shirley Barrett
    Virago
  • Ruby

    Cynthia Bond
    Two Roads
  • The Secret Chord

    Geraldine Brooks
    Little, Brown
  • The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet

    Becky Chambers
    Hodder & Stoughton
  • A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding

    Jackie Copleton
    Hutchinson
  • Whispers Through a Megaphone

    Rachel Elliott
    Pushkin Press
  • The Green Road

    Anne Enright
    Jonathan Cape
  • The Book of Memory

    Petina Gappah
    Faber & Faber
  • Gorsky

    Vesna Goldsworthy
    Chatto & Windus
  • The Anatomist's Dream

    Clio Gray
    Myrmidon
  • At Hawthorn Time

    Melissa Harrison
    Bloomsbury Circus
  • Pleasantville

    Attica Locke
    Serpent's Tail
  • The Glorious Heresies

    Lisa McInerney
    John Murray
  • Girl at War

    Sara Nović
    Little, Brown
  • The House at the Edge of the World

    Julia Rochester
    Viking
  • The Improbability of Love

    Hannah Rothschild
    Bloomsbury
  • My Name is Lucy Barton

    Elizabeth Strout
    Viking
  • A Little Life

    Hanya Yanagihara
    Picador
  • The Portable Veblen

    Elizabeth McKenzie
    Fourth Estate

Judges

About the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2016

The Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2016

 

Now in its 21st year, the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction was set up to celebrate excellence, originality and accessibility in writing by women throughout the world. Known from 1996 to 2012 as the Orange Prize for Fiction and in 2013 as the Women's Prize for Fiction, it is the UK's most prestigious annual book award for fiction written by a woman and also provides a range of educational, literacy or research initiatives to support reading and writing.


The Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction is awarded annually for the best full novel of the year written by a woman and published in the UK. Any woman writing in English - whatever her nationality, country of residence, age or subject matter - is eligible.


For further information on how to enter, please see our Terms and Conditions of Entry. For general queries or further questions please contact baileyswomensprize@booktrust.org.uk  


The winner receives a cheque for £30,000 and a limited edition bronze figurine known as a 'Bessie', created and donated by the artist Grizel Niven. The 2015 winner, awarded on 3 June at the Royal Festival Hall, London, was Ali Smith for her novel How to be Both (Hamish Hamilton).

 

The full list of previous winners are: Ali Smith for How to be Both (2015); Eimear McBride for A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing (2014); 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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The submission deadline for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2016 closed on 25 September 2015.

 

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