British author Naomi Alderman has won the 2017 Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction with her fourth novel The Power (Viking), as announced this evening, Wednesday 7 June.
The Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction is the UK's only annual book award for fiction celebrating excellence, originality and accessibility in women's writing from throughout the world. 2017 marks the 22nd year of the Prize. Any woman writing in English - whatever her nationality, country of residence, age or subject matter - is eligible.
Alderman's win comes just over a decade after her debut novel Disobedience, won the 2006 Orange Award for New Writers. She was written two other novels, The Lessons and The Liars' Gospel. She presents Science Stories on BBC Radio 4, and is Professor of Creative Writing at Bath.
"A brilliantly imagined dystopia"
Tessa Ross, Chair of Judges, said:
"The judges and I were thrilled to make this decision. We debated this wonderful shortlist for many hours but kept returning to Naomi Alderman's brilliantly imagined dystopia - her big ideas and her fantastic imagination."
Syl Saller, Chief Marketing Officer, Diageo said:
"Congratulations to Naomi Alderman - her winning novel The Power is a wonderful example of the exceptional writing the Prize champions. Baileys is enormously proud to partner with the Prize who have created an open platform for the sharpest, smartest, most compelling women's writing in the English language."
The judges for the 2017 Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction are:
- Tessa Ross (Chair), CEO House Productions
- Sam Baker, Journalist, Author and Co-Founder of The Pool
- Katie Derham, Presenter and Broadcaster
- Aminatta Forna, Novelist, Memoirist and Essayist
- Sara Pascoe, Comic and Author
The Reading Agency is delighted to have once again worked with the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction this year. We work with libraries and reading groups across the UK to make sure that these wonderful novels reach the widest possible audience.
Find out more about all of the shortlisted titles, and the fantastic women writers behind them.
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