Irish Author Eimear McBride won Baileys Prize for fiction

Irish author Eimear McBride won the 2014 Bailey's Women's Prize for Fiction on 4 June 2014 for her first novel A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing.

Created On: Jun 6, 2014 18:38 ISTModified On: Jun 6, 2014 18:45 IST

Irish author Eimear McBride won the 2014 Bailey's Women's Prize for Fiction on 4 June 2014 for her first novel A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing.

Other books on the shortlist were Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Americanah, Hannah Kent's Burial Rites, Jhumpa Lahiri's The Lowland, Audrey Magee's The Undertaking and Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch.

McBride wrote the book when she was 27 and only found a publisher a decade later when the Galley Beggar Press paid her a 600 pound advance for what was then its second book.


About the book

The book is a dark story of a young woman's relationship with her brother, set in an Ireland of religious oppression and sexual abuse. Her protagonist goes on a journey of spectacular self-destruction in an attempt to flee her demons.

About the Award

The award was launched in 1996 and it was originally called Orange Prize for fiction. The prize carried a 30000-pound cash award.

Previous winners of what was originally called the Orange Prize for Fiction include A.M. Homes for May We Be Forgiven (2013), Madeline Miller for The Song of Achilles (2012), Tea Obreht for The Tiger's Wife (2011) and Barbara Kingsolver for The Lacuna (2010).

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