Two Irish Authors on Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction Shortlist

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Baileys Women's Prize for FictionTwo Irish authors, Eimear McBride and Audrey Magee have been shortlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction for their debut novels, A Girl is a Half-formed Thing and The Undertaking.

A Girl is a Half-formed Thing by Eimear McBride is a highly original novel that navigates complicated family relationships and memories using stream of consciousness. It was recently shortlisted for the inaugural Folio Prize and won the inaugural Goldsmiths Prize 2013, a literary award for fiction that "opens up new possibilities for the novel form". Audrey Magee's The Undertaking, a powerful first novel set in Germany and the Soviet Union during World War II, is an intense portrayal of ordinary people pushed to do extraordinary things, setting in motion events that will have horrific consequences.

Also on the shortlist is Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche who won the award in 2007 for Half of a Yellow Sun.

Here's the full shortlist (with links to library catalogue):

The winner will be announced on 4th June 2014.

Bookcover: Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche Bookcover: Burial Rites by Hannah Kent Bookcover: The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri Bookcover: The Undertaking by Audrey Magee Bookcover: A Girl is a Half-formed Thing by Eimear McBride Bookcover: The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

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and the winner is... A Girl is a Half-formed Thing by Eimear McBride! Congratulations to Eimear on winning the Baileys Prize in the face of some stiff competition.

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