Baileys Womens Prize 2014You may or may not know the Baileys Women Prize for women but you probably know about it in its old life. It all started in January 1992, a diverse group of creative types both male and female gathered together in a flat in London, UK (England, not Siaya). The Booker Prize shortlist of 1991, which incidentally was won by Ben Okri, had included no women at all and they were not happy. They decided to set up a prize for women only and after five years The Orange Prize for Fiction was launched at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London in January 1996. The inaugural winner was Helen Dunmore for A Spell of Winter.

The sponsorship with Orange ended in 2013 and a new sponsor came on board; Baileys. Yes ladies and gentlemen. The same Baileys that you see sponsoring that god awful Wedding Show on NTV called Baileys Weddings.

The long list for awards have a familiar name; Nigeria’s Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie who was the recipient of the Orange Prize in 2007 for her awesome book Half of A Yellow Sun. This time she has been longlisted for her 2013 book Americanah. Also making the list is the most recent recipient of the Booker Prize Eleanor Catton for her winning book The Luminaries.

Here is the whole list;

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – Americanah

Margaret Atwood – MaddAddam

Suzanne Berne –  The Dogs of Littlefield

Fatima Bhutto – The Shadow of the Crescent Moon

Claire Cameron –  The Bear

Lea Carpenter – Eleven Days

M.J. Carter – The Strangler Vine

Eleanor Catton – The Luminaries

Deborah Kay Davies – Reasons She Goes to the Woods

Elizabeth Gilbert – The Signature of All Things

Hannah Kent – Burial Rites

Rachel Kushner – The Flamethrowers

Jhumpa Lahiri – The Lowland

Audrey Magee – The Undertaking

Eimear McBride – A Girl Is A Half-Formed Thing

Charlotte Mendelson – Almost English

Anna Quindlen – Still Life with Bread Crumbs

Elizabeth Strout – The Burgess Boys

Donna Tartt – The Goldfinch

Evie Wyld – All The Birds, Singing