Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction 2014 Winner

It seems like a very long time since we learned of the short list.

My blog post about the shortlist is here, and it gives a one sentence summary about each of the books, the only book I have read and reviewed, so of course it is my favourite is Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah which I reviewed here.

Here are the six novels that were shortlisted for the prize:

Today Peirene Press are running their weekly quiz using the hashtag #PeiQuiz and their question is:


My answer to the quiz was:


a book I read recently, which was not only a great story, but one you won’t be able to stop thinking about and one I gave a rare 5 stars to. You can read the review here if you missed it.

But back to the Baileys Prize!

The winner of the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction in 2014 is….



Baileys 2014 winner

Congratualtions to Eimear McBride and Galley Beggars Press, a fabulous result for a novel that was written in six months and took 10 years to find its place in the world, proof if ever there was for writers to continue to persevere!

Further Reading

Review Eric Karl Anderson at Lonesome Reader, who read them all and accurately picked the winner, he writes excellent reviews, I recommend following

Review Anne Enright’s review of A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing in The Guardian.

20 thoughts on “Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction 2014 Winner

  1. I kind of like that the winner is one of the two books on the list that I’ve heard the least about. The opening sentences included in the review you linked to rather deter me from this one, but then the opening sentences of ‘At Swim, Two Boys’, another Irish novel, would have similarly deterred me and I loved that one.


    • Yes, it’s always good when the awards highlight lesser known books and Galley Beggar sound like a new press that is enjoying sweet success, well done to them.

      I have to say I am intrigued by the use of language and the diversity of opinion in reading it and most certainly this is not a book to judge on its opening lines or pages alone. I hope you dare to try it, I am going to, especially after reading someone comparing it to Hanne Orstavik’s The Blue Room which I have only just read.


  2. Oh, wow. Ten years to get published. I have a soft spot for this book and its author just for that fact alone. Congratulations to McBride! BTW, LOVE your photo of ‘Americanah’, a book I want to read this summer (and would love to read there). : )


    • Yes, definitely worthy of supporting and it appears to be a reader’s book, supported by reader’s rather than publishers, kind of says something doesn’t it!

      I hope you get to read Americanah in a similar location, picture taken at Cap Le Rousset, Carry-Le-Rouet 🙂


  3. Quite fascinating, Claire! The dark horse won 🙂 In a field that included Jhumpa Lahiri, Donna Tartt and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, it was really interesting and nice to know that Eimear McBride’s book won the Bailey’s prize. Congratulations to her!


  4. Despite the prize the book by McBride doesn’t really sound something I would like. Avoiding the hype this time and will read The Lowland.


    • I want to read both those too and know I will eventually. Thank you so much for visiting and leaving a comment. I am indeed enjoying my reading week with Tove Jansson’s story/vignettes in Art in Nature. #TOVE100


  5. The only one I’ve read is The Goldfinch, which I did love. I’ve started listening to Americanah as an audiobook, and Burial Rites is on my list! The winning novel sounds very challenging… I would like to give it a try, but likely in fall or winter.


    • It does sound like a challenge and interesting that the judges went for it, but a real coup also for the author who struggled to find a publisher for many years.

      Overall, a great list of book suggestions, I am looking forward to reading The Goldfinch this summer and also definitely want to read Burial Rites too.


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