A debut author from Ireland has won the prestigious Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction. Lisa McInerney’s first novel, The Glorious Heresies (John Murray), scooped up the coveted prize: a £30,000
(about $45,000 US) check and the Bessie, a limited edition bronze figurine (shown with the winning author, below right), both anonymously endowed.
The prize was established in 1996 to “celebrate and promote international fiction by women throughout the world to the widest range of readers possible,” according to a press release from the organization.
“Congratulations to Lisa McInerney – her winning novel The Glorious Heresies is a shining example of the excellence which the Prize has proudly celebrated for 21 years,” commented Syl Saller, Chief Marketing Officer, Diageo. “Books are such wonderful windows into other worlds, and the novels on this year’s Baileys Prize shortlist showcase this perfectly. Lisa McInerney joins a line-up of 20 brilliant winners whose extraordinary talent is an inspiration to us all.”
Previous winners of the prize include Ali Smith for How to be Both (2015), Téa Obreht for
The Tiger’s Wife (2011), Barbara Kingsolver for The Lacuna (2010), Rose Tremain for The Road Home (2008), Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie for Half of a Yellow Sun (2007), Zadie Smith for On Beauty (2006), Lionel Shriver for We Need to Talk About Kevin (2005), Andrea Levy for Small Island (2004), Ann Patchett for Bel Canto (2002), Carol Shields for Larry’s Party (1998), and several others.
The other 2016 nominees are listed below:
Cynthia Bond: Ruby
Anne Enright: The Green Road
Elizabeth McKenzie: The Portable Veblen
Hannah Rothschild: The Improbability of Love
Hanya Yanagihara: A Little Life