Friday, April 17, 2009

List: The Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction

The Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction is the now the name for the award formerly known as the Orange Prize for Fiction. The prize is awarded to the woman who, in the opinion of the judges, has written the best, eligible full-length novel in English.

Something rubs me the wrong way about prizes based on gender (or race, for that matter) because they suggest an inability to compete in an open field. But that does not stop me from appreciating that the winners may well be very good books, worth reading.

I am particularly interested in reading reviews of these books, so if anyone is working on this list, please leave a comment with the link to your reviews or progress posts and I will include your link in this post.

So far, I have read six of the winners. Those I have read are in red; those on my TBR shelf are in blue.

2016 Lisa McInerne, The Glorious Heresies

2015 Ali Smith, How to be Both

2014 Eimear McBride, A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing

2013 A.M. Homes, May We Be Forgiven

2012 Madeline Miller, The Song of Achilles

2011 Téa Obreht, The Tiger's Wife

2010 Barbara Kingsolver, The Lacuna

2009 Marilynne Robinson, Home

2008 Rose Tremain, The Road Home

2007 Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Half of a Yellow Sun

2006 Zadie Smith, On Beauty (reviewed here)

2005 Lionel Shriver, We Need to Talk About Kevin

2004 Andrea Levy, Small Island (reviewed here)

2003 Valerie Martin, Property

2002 Ann Patchett, Bel Canto (reviewed here)

2001 Kate Grenville, The Idea of Perfection (reviewed here)

2000 Linda Grant, When I Lived in Modern Times

1999 Suzanne Berne, A Crime in the Neighborhood

1998 Carol Shields, Larry's Party

1997 Anne Michaels, Fugitive Pieces

1996 Helen Dunmore, A Spell of Winter

Last updated on August 7, 2016.


The Orange Prize Project is no longer active, but has reviews of winners of this prize, as well as books that make the long list and short list, through 2013.

Hotchpot Cafe's progress list

If you are reading these books, please leave comments with links to related posts and I will list them here.


charley said...

I have not read any of those books. I started Bel Canto, but I didn't get into it.

Rajam said...

I have read Andrea Levy's Island - it is an interesting story and well written. I enjoyed reading it.

Sandra said...

I've been doing The Orange Prize Project since 2008. My thoughts on Lionel Shriver's book (2005) are here:

I have also read Bel Canto, Home and The Idea of Perfection from the winners list. Again I read many of those from the short and longlists too. My Orange Prize post is here if you don't mind adding me to the list:

Sandra said...

I updated my Orange Prize post today ,adding the longlist for 2010 which was announced today:

J.G. said...

I am reading these . . . slowly!

Here's my TBR/DR list:

J.G. said...

Yay! Thanks for the link!

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