Author, Researcher, Peace & Conflict Professional


  • 2016/2017 apexart New York City (NYC) Fellow
  • 2014 Winner Burt Award for African Literature, Kenya Chapter
  • 2010 Penguin Prize for African Writing nominee
  • Ist Prize, Adult Fiction Category – NBDCK  Literary Awards, September 2008 Book Week

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Blessed International Women’s Day to all! It’s highly befitting that the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction has been announced today as we celebrate and honour women.

Zimbabwean author Petina Gappah is on a roll having recently been named on the EFG Short Story Prize long-list, and she is today on the Baileys long-list for her debut novel The Book of Memory.

The long-list was announced by this year’s chair of Judges Margaret Mountford who 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 long-list which reflects the judges’ interests and tastes. We hope readers will enjoy the variety of outstanding work on offer.”

Debut authors dominate this year’s long-list.  Eleven first-time novelists are on the 20-strong long-list, alongside four previously short-listed authors.

The shortlist will be announced on 11 April and the winner on 8 June at London's Royal Festival Hall.

Formerly known as the Orange Prize, the book award was set up in 1996 and is awarded for the best full-length novel of the year written by a woman and published in the UK.

The winner will receive a cheque for £30,000 and a limited edition bronze known as a Bessie.

The Long-list:

§  Kate Atkinson - A God in Ruins (Doubleday) - British - 9th Novel

§  Shirley Barrett - Rush Oh! (Virago) - Australian - 1st Novel

§  Cynthia Bond - Ruby (Two Roads) - American - 1st Novel

§  Geraldine Brooks- The Secret Chord (Little, Brown) - Australian/ American - 5th Novel

§  Becky Chambers - The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (Hodder & Stoughton) - American - 1st Novel

§  Jackie Copleton - A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding (Hutchinson) - British - 1st Novel

§  Rachel Elliott - Whispers Through a Megaphone (One, an imprint of Pushkin Press) - British - 1st Novel

§  Anne Enright - The Green Road (Jonathan Cape) - Irish - 6th Novel

§  Petina Gappah - The Book of Memory (Faber & Faber) - Zimbabwean - 1st Novel

§  Vesna Goldsworthy - Gorsky (Chatto & Windus) - British/ Serbian - 1st Novel

§  Clio Gray - The Anatomist's Dream - (Myrmidon) - British - 8th Novel

§  Melissa Harrison - At Hawthorn Time (Bloomsbury) - British - 2nd Novel

§  Attica Locke - Pleasantville (Serpent's Tail) - American - 3rd Novel

§  Lisa McInerney - The Glorious Heresies (John Murray) - Irish - 1st Novel

§  Elizabeth McKenzie - The Portable Veblen (Fourth Estate) - American - 2nd Novel

§  Sara Novic - Girl at War (Little, Brown) - American - 1st Novel

§  Julia Rochester - The House at the Edge of the World (Viking) - British - 1st Novel

§  Hannah Rothschild - The Improbability of Love ( Bloomsbury) - British - 1st Novel

§  Elizabeth Strout - My Name is Lucy Barton (Viking) - American - 5th Novel

§  Hanya Yanagihara - A Little Life (Picador) - American - 2nd Novel


Congratulations to all the long-listed authors!








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