Earlier this evening, the shortlist for the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction 2014 was announced – by Vine!
Just in case you didn’t catch that, the shortlist is as follows:
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – Americanah Hannah Kent – Burial Rites Jhumpa Lahiri – The Lowland Audrey Magee – The Undertaking Eimear McBride – A Girl Is A Half-Formed Thing Donna Tartt – The Goldfinch
Rob is really pleased that The Goldfinch has made it onto the shortlist – he loved it when he read it a few months ago. He was also a fan of The Lowland, when we read the opening section for our Man Booker Prize ‘samples’ podcast. I’m thrilled that Burial Rites has made it this far, although I’m a little surprised (disappointed?) not to see The Luminaries, the opening of which really grabbed me, both in terms of style and content.
This looks like a great shortlist; we’ll certainly be reading more of these and chatting through our thoughts and predictions via the podcast, just before the announcement of the winning novel, on 4th June.