Formerly the Baileys Prize for Women's Fiction, it awards a female author of any nationality for the best original full-length novel written in English, and published in the UK in the preceding year. This year the 16 longlisted are eight British authors, four Americans, two Indians, one Australian and one Pakistani/British writer.
The Prize will awarded on 6th June.
H(a)ppy by Nicola Barker (William Heinemann)
Winner of the Goldsmiths Prize for Speculative Fiction (2017).
The Idiot by Elif Batuman (Jonathan Cape)
This is Batuman's first book.
Three Things About Elsie by Joanna Cannon (The Borough Press)
Miss Burma by Charmaine Craig (Grove Press)
Nominated for the National Book Award last year. Based on the life of the author's mother and grandparents, tells the story of modern-day Burma.
Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan (Corsair)
Egan is a former Pulitzer Prize winner. Manhattan Beach won the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Fiction (2018) and was nominated for the National Book Award for Fiction (2017).
The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gowar (Harvill Secker)
Set in Georgian London, this is Gowar's first book. It was the subject of a 10-way auction, eventually won by publisher Harvill Secker.
Sight by Jessie Greengrass (John Murray)
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman (Harper Collins)
This is Honeyman's debut and a huge bestseller in the UK. It won the Costa Award for best first novel.
When I Hit You: Or, A Portrait of the Writer as a Young Wife by Meena Kandasamy (Atlantic)
Longlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize (2018).
Elmet by Fiona Mozley (John Murray)
Also a debut, this book was shortlisted for the Man Booker (2017) and the Dylan Thomas Prize (2018).
The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy (Hamish Hamilton)
Roy is a former Booker Prize winner. Ministry was longlisted for the Man Booker (2017) and nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction (2017) and the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Fiction (2018).
See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt (Tinder Press)
A reimagining of the Lizzie Borden murders, already optioned for TV. This is Schmidt's debut.
A Boy in Winter by Rachel Seiffert (Virago)
Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie (Bloomsbury)
Home Fire was longlisted for the Booker Prize (2017).
The Trick to Time by Kit de Waal (Viking)
Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward (Bloomsbury Circus)
Winner of the National Book Award for Fiction (2017) and National Book Critics Circle Award Nominee for Fiction (2017), nominated for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Fiction (2018) and for the Kirkus Prize for Fiction.
have you read or are you planning on reading any of these books, ONTD? what are you reading?
MODS, this is not a list. these books are nominated for this award