The Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction shortlist 2016

With the announcement of the The Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction 2016 shortlist on Monday I will once again be trying to read all six books before the winner is announced in June. This will be my third year of trying to read the shortlist, I had a great time doing it in 2014, but the 2015 shortlist left me underwhelmed.

I’m feeling hopefully about this year, especially from Eric’s reviews over at Lonesome Reader who has read the long list along with Simon of Savidge Reads. The judging panel is a fantastic group of women, I think I would trust anything Elif Shafak told me.

Here’s the shortlist:

  • The Glorious Heresies by Lisa McInerney
  • Ruby by Cynthia Bond
  • The Green Road by Anne Enright
  • The Improbability of Love by Hannah Rothschild
  • A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
  • The Portable Veblen by Elizabeth McKenzie

I’m not sure I can get through the remaining 400 pages of A Little Life, I’m feeling a little anxious and I’ve not even picked it back up yet.

Read any of these?

10 thoughts on “The Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction shortlist 2016

  1. I am almost half-way through the shortlist. ‘A Little Life’ has been my favourite so far, though ‘The Glorious Heresies’ is coming close (but I haven’t finished it yet). I look forward to reading about your thoughts on the shortlist!


  2. I’ve read Ruby and A Little Life. I liked A Little Life, but I didn’t love it like some people did. I liked Ruby too, but it has really grown on me since I finished it. I think initially the horribleness of everything that happened was too much. Which is something that those two books have in common. Awful things happen.
    The only other book on the short list that I am excited to read is The Portable Veblen. The Glorious Heresies is not even available in the US until August.


    1. Really? That’s annoying! You’d think they’d rush to print it. The Portable Veblen is the only one I can’t get in paperback, so I may have to get that on Kindle.

      I’ve not ready any other than the beginning of A Little Life yet, and that just makes me sad, so I’m looking forward to getting stuck into the rest.


  3. I hope you have better luck with it this year. They all sound good to me, but I haven’t read any of them. The only one I’ve heard might not be worthy is The Improbability of Love. I’ll be curious to hear what you think about them all!


  4. For the hundred-and-trillionth time I’ve fallen forward in despair about the continued fame and fortune that keeps befalling A Little Life. I HAVE SUCH SERIOUS ISSUES WITH IT WHY CAN NOBODY SEE IT BUT ME. (The answer is everybody can see it, but I’m one of a relative minority of people it bothers a lot. :p)


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