Baileys Prize 2016
For the second year running, Whistles are partnering with the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction, championing some of the best female writers of our time.
Now in its 21st year, the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction provides a wonderful showcase for female fiction writers from across the globe, selected on account of the excellence, originality and accessibility of their work.
The 2016 shortlisted books:
A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
A critically acclaimed, epic tale of true friendship which delves deep into the black past of withdrawn protagonist Jude. According to Yanagihara, “The first friend we choose is our first announcement to the world of selfhood: This is my person, this is what it says about me.”
Ruby by Cynthia Bond
A courageous story of love, sacrifice and violence set in ‘50s Texas. When devising main character Ruby Bell, Bond talks of pouring many of her own life experiences into her; “Ruby is everything I have ever known, and everything I could never imagine, revealed one page at a time.”
The Glorious Heresies by Lisa McInerney
Lisa’s debut novel explores working class life in Ireland; “I wrote about working-class life because I’m working-class – in that sense, The Glorious Heresies was always going to be analogous”, explains McInerney.
The Green Road by Anne Enright
Enright is one of three Irish writers to make the shortlist; “There is a new confidence, or a new sense of urgency, in a new generation of writers, many of them women. We have had a lot of ground to catch up.” The story focuses on one family’s fraught struggle to stay united.
The Improbability of Love by Hannah Rothschild
“Some time ago, more years than I care to admit to, after a break-up, I relocated to another part of London. It was odd feeling like a stranger in my own town and I suppose this was the starting point of Annie’s journey. But apart from that, Annie, as I was writing, became resolutely her own person,” explains Rothschild. Her protagonist, Annie McDee finds herself unexpectedly in love via a thrilling foray at the depths of London’s corrupt art scene.
The Portable Veblen by Elizabeth McKenzie
A hilarious tale in which capitalism, wedding-planning and a ballsy grey squirrel collide. “After working with these characters for years, it’s as if they’re real to me, more real than real people sometimes, “ explains the California-based writer.