The shortlisted books
The shortlisted books

The shortlist for the Baileys Prize 2014 was unveiled at a ceremony last night with Nigerian Chimamanda Adichie making the shortlist for her book Americanah.

The Baileys Women’s Prize for fiction, formerly the Orange Prize, is the UK’s only annual book award for fiction written by women. The longlist for the prize was announced earlier in the year and the shortlist was announced in a glittering ceremony in London UK last night. Those who are still in the running to win the price include;

  • Chimamanda Ngozi AdichieAmericanah
  • Audrey MageeThe Undertaking
  • Jhumpa LahiriThe Lowland
  • Hannah KentBurial rites
  • Donna TarttThe Goldfinch
  • Elmear McBrideA girl is a half formed thing

Chimamanda Adichie has to be seen as a forerunner for the prize. She already won the Orange Prize in 2007 for her previous book Half of A yellow Sun and has been collecting prizes for her newest work.

Interestingly enough, none of the Canadians writers who had been in the longlist including 2013 Booker Prize winner Eleanor Catton for The Luminaries was shortlisted.