CHIMAMANDA NGOZI ADICHIE IS THE ONLY AFRICAN NOMINATED FOR THE 2014 BAILEYS WOMEN’S PRIZE FOR FICTION

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    Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has been longlisted for the 2014 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction for her new book Americanah. The award, which honors works written in English by women, was known as the Orange Prize until last year, when the liquor company Bailey’s took over as sponsor. In 2007 she was shortlisted for the same prize – known then as Orange Prize for Fiction – for Purple Hibiscus.

    The prize, which comes with an award of 30,000 pounds (a little over $50,000), has been won by Americans for the last five years, a statistic that some British critics and scholars see as a disturbing trend in the international rankings, at least as reflected in literary competitions.

    This year’s longlist honours both rising stars of literature and well-established writers, and features six debut writers as well as two previous winners.

    Helen Fraser, Chair of Judges, says: “This is a fantastic selection of books of the highest quality – intensely readable, gripping, intelligent and surprising – that you would want to press on your friends, and the judges have been doing just that.”

    The judges must now whittle these 20 books to six to be announced on April 7, and the winner of the prize will be revealed on June 4, 2014.

    Bailey's Women's Prize Nominees

    See list Longlisted Books below:

    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

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