Petina Gappah

Petina Gappah

The Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction shortlist has been announced today and our Petina Gappah is sadly missing on it. :’(

The Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction 2016 judging panel of lawyer and businesswoman Margaret Mountford, writer and journalist, Laurie Penny; award-winning author Elif Shafak, singer-songwriter and author Tracey Thorn and broadcast journalist, Naga Munchetty have announced the ladies shortlist for this year. Those is the running for the UK pounds 30,000 prize money are:

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

“After a long and often passionate debate we are proud to present our 2016 shortlist,” said Margaret Mountford, chair of judges. “Our choices reflect a really diverse mix of brilliant writing from new and established authors around the world and we hope that everyone will find much to enjoy in them.”

This year’s judges will now debate the shortlist and pick the final winner which will be announced at an awards ceremony held in the Royal Festival Hall on 8th June 2016.

Petina Gappah who won universal praise for her debut short story collection An Elegy for Easterly (our review) had made it to the longlist for her book The Book of Memory which came out last year.

While this is not great news for our Zimbabwean writer pal, she can hope that she will go further with her story The News of Her Death which is currently in the running for the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award 2016. She is currently shortlisted for this the richest prize for a short story on the planet with £30,000 going the winner. As a shorlistee she is already doing well as each shortlisted writers who fails to win the prize goes home with £1,000. But of course we will be hoping she wins the big one.