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The Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction

One of the world's most prestigious literary awards, the Baileys (previously Orange) Women's Prize for Fiction is awarded for outstanding contributions to literature by female authors. Past winners include such luminaries as Téa Obreht, Barbara Kingsolver, Rose Tremain, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Zadie Smith and Lionel Shriver.

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  • The Glorious Heresies: Winner of the Baileys' Women's Prize for Fiction 2016 Audiobook by Lisa McInerney Narrated by Shelley Atkinson

    The Glorious Heresies: Winner of the Baileys' Women's Prize for Fiction 2016

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Lisa McInerney
    • Narrated By Shelley Atkinson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (25)
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    He was definitely dead, whoever he was. He wore a once-black jumper and a pair of shiny tracksuit bottoms. The back of his head was cracked and his hair matted, but it had been foxy before that. A tall man, a skinny rake, another string of piss, now departed. She hadn't gotten a look at his face before she flaked him with the Holy Stone, and she couldn't bring herself to turn him over. One messy murder affects the lives of five misfits who exist on the fringes of Ireland's post-crash society.

    says: "Glorious"
    2016 winner
  • How to Be Both Audiobook by Ali Smith Narrated by John Banks

    How to Be Both

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Ali Smith
    • Narrated By John Banks
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    How to Be Both is a novel all about art's versatility. There's a renaissance artist of the 1460s. There's the child of a child of the 1960s. Two tales of love and injustice twist into a singular yarn where time gets timeless, structural gets playful, knowing gets mysterious, fictional gets real - and all life's givens get given a second chance.

    PJ, Queensland says: "Couldn't finish it"
    2015 winner
  • The Song of Achilles Audiobook by Madeline Miller Narrated by David Thorpe

    The Song of Achilles

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Madeline Miller
    • Narrated By David Thorpe
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    Patroclus, an awkward young prince, has been exiled to the kingdom of Phthia. Here he is just another unwanted boy living in the shadow of King Peleus and his golden son, Achilles. Yet one day, Achilles takes the shamed prince under his wing. As they grow into young men their bond blossoms into something far deeper – despite the displeasure of Achilles's mother. When word comes that Helen of Sparta has been kidnapped, the men of Greece are called upon to lay siege to Troy in her name.

    L says: "Oh my god"
    2012 winner
  • The Tiger's Wife Audiobook by Tea Obreht Narrated by Robin Sachs, Susan Duerden

    The Tiger's Wife

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Tea Obreht
    • Narrated By Robin Sachs, Susan Duerden
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    A tiger escapes from a zoo, padding through the ruined streets and onwards, to a ridge above the Balkan village of Galina. His visits hold the villagers in a terrified thrall. But for one boy, the tiger is a thing of magic - Shere Khan awoken from The Jungle Book. Natalia is the granddaughter of that boy. Now a doctor, she is visiting orphanages after another war has devastated the Balkans. On this journey, she receives word of her beloved grandfather's death, far from their home, in circumstances shrouded in mystery.

    2011 winner
  • The Lacuna Audiobook by Barbara Kingsolver Narrated by Barbara Kingsolver

    The Lacuna

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Narrated By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Born in the US and reared in Mexico, Harrison Shepherd is a liability to his social-climbing mother, Salome. When a violent incident sends him to North Carolina, he remakes himself in America's hopeful image. But political winds continue to throw him between north and south, in a plot that turns many times on the unspeakable breach - the lacuna - between truth and public presumption.

    John Blundell says: "When public ignorance, anger and fear prevail..."
    2010 winner
  • The Road Home Audiobook by Rose Tremain Narrated by Steven Pacey

    The Road Home

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Rose Tremain
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (11)
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    Lev is on his way from Eastern Europe to Britain, seeking work. But Lev has an outsider's vision of the place we call home. Lev begins with no job, little money, and few words of English. He has only his memories, his hopes, and a certain skill preparing food.

    samantha bryant says: "FANTASTIC...ON EVERY LEVEL"
    2008 winner
  • Half of a Yellow Sun Audiobook by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Narrated by Adjoa Adoh

    Half of a Yellow Sun

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
    • Narrated By Adjoa Adoh
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    (24)
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    (23)
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    (23)

    Nominated for the British Book Awards, Author of the Year, 2008.
    Winner of the Orange Prize for Fiction, 2007.
    A Richard and Judy Book Club selection.

    This highly anticipated novel from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is set in Nigeria during the 1960s, at the time of a vicious civil war.

    audiobooker says: "Great writing, very well read"
    2007 winner
  • A Crime in the Neighborhood: A Novel Audiobook by Suzanne Berne Narrated by Alyssa Bresnahan

    A Crime in the Neighborhood: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Suzanne Berne
    • Narrated By Alyssa Bresnahan
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    Living in a quiet suburb of Washington, D.C., Marsha is nine years old in the summer of 1973. While the nation’s attention is focused on the breaking Watergate scandal, her quiet neighborhood is going through its own upheaval. Looking back as an adult, she remembers it as a time when her father’s abandonment of his family becomes entwined with the arrival of a new neighbor and the death of a boy who lives down the street. Deeply disillusioned by the changes in her life, Marsha takes it upon herself to find the boy’s murderer, which sets off a chain of tragic events.

    1999 winner
  • Larry's Party Audiobook by Carol Shields Narrated by William Roberts

    Larry's Party

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Carol Shields
    • Narrated By William Roberts
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    Larry's Party covers the life of Larry Weller, a modern man in the 20th century. Following Larry between the ages of 27 and 47, from 1977 to 1997, the novel illustrates what it’s like to be a man in Larry’s era, and how men have had to change; exploring how masculinity is defined in the post-feminist world. Read by William Roberts.

    1998 winner
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