The 2017 Baileys prize for women’s fiction longlist has been announced and not one, but two Nigerian women are on the long list- Yewande Omotosho with her Woman’s Next Door and Ayobami Adebayo’s Stay With Me.
The announcement of the Baileys longlist coincided with the celebration of International Women’s Day.
According to Guardian, The 16-strong longlist was chosen from 189 submissions – a substantial increase on previous years, which averaged 150 titles. Though organisers had wanted to reduce the longlist to fewer than the usual 20 books in order to give more focus to each title, the judges pushed for 16 novels to reflect the strength of entries. Chair of judges Tessa Ross said there were “a large number of books of extraordinary quality to choose from this year, and so I can’t say that it was an easy process to come up with a list as short as 16”.
Previous winners of the prestigious prize include Chimamanda Adichie, Zadie Smith, and Andrea Levy.
See the full longlist
Stay With Me by Ayòbámi Adébáyò (Canongate)
The Power by Naomi Alderman (Viking)
Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood (Hogarth)
Little Deaths by Emma Flint (Picador)
The Mare by Mary Gaitskill (Serpent’s Tail)
The Dark Circle by Linda Grant (Virago)
The Lesser Bohemians by Eimear McBride (Faber & Faber)
Midwinter by Fiona Melrose (Corsair)
The Sport of Kings by CE Morgan (4th Estate)
The Woman Next Door by Yewande Omotoso (Chatto & Windus)
The Lonely Hearts Hotel by Heather O’Neill (riverrun)
The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry (Serpent’s Tail)
Barkskins by Annie Proulx (4th Estate)
First Love by Gwendoline Riley (Granta)
Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien (Granta)
The Gustav Sonata by Rose Tremain (Chatto & Windus)