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

We're delighted to reveal the 2016 BaileysPrize shortlist!

The 2016 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction shortlist was announced yesterday and one of my favourite writers Petina Gappah who made the long-list announced last month has missed out! Petina is still in the running though for the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Prize:

Another favourite, Hanya Yanagihara’s A Little Life has also been doing well and was on last year’s Man Booker Prize short-list:

The Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction 2016 judging panel of lawyer and businesswoman Margaret Mountford, writer and journalist, Laurie Penny; award-winning author Elif Shafak, singer-songwriter and author Tracey Thorn and broadcast journalist, Naga Munchetty announced the short-list last evening. 

“After a long and often passionate debate we are proud to present our 2016 short-list,” said Margaret Mountford, chair of judges. “Our choices reflect a really diverse mix of brilliant writing from new and established authors around the world and we hope that everyone will find much to enjoy in them.”


The 2016 Short-list:

  • Cynthia Bond - Ruby (Two Roads) - American - 1st Novel
  • Anne Enright - The Green Road (Jonathan Cape) - Irish - 6th Novel
  • Lisa McInerney - The Glorious Heresies (John Murray) - Irish - 1st Novel
  • Elizabeth McKenzie - The Portable Veblen (Fourth Estate) - American - 2nd Novel
  • Hannah Rothschild - The Improbability of Love ( Bloomsbury) - British - 1st Novel
  • Hanya Yanagihara - A Little Life (Picador) - American - 2nd Novel


 This year’s judges will now debate the short-list and pick the final winner which will be announced at an awards ceremony held in the Royal Festival Hall on 8 June 2016.

Congratulations to the short-listed writers!

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