Just over a week ago, Gappah was also longlisted for the United Kingdom’s 2016 Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award – the world’s richest prize for a single short story.
The Baileys Prize was created with the intention of bringing “the best women’s writing and female storytellers to ever-wider audiences”. The 2016 longlist of 20 books features seven nationalities and four previously shortlisted authors. Over half the list are debut novels.
2016 Chair of Judges Margaret Mountford said: “We had a hugely enjoyable and stimulating meeting, as there were a great many strong novels in contention. “We are delighted with the quality, the imaginative scope and the ambition of our chosen books, a longlist which reflects the judges’ interests and tastes. We hope readers will enjoy the variety of outstanding work on offer.” Read more