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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction Winner Announced

Today the winner of the Baileys Prize for Fiction was announced:  Lisa McInerney for The Glorious Heresies.

One messy murder affects the lives of five misfits who exist on the fringes of Ireland's post-crash society. Ryan is a fifteen-year-old drug dealer desperate not to turn out like his alcoholic father Tony, whose obsession with his unhinged next-door neighbour threatens to ruin him and his family. Georgie is a prostitute whose willingness to feign a religious conversion has dangerous repercussions, while Maureen, the accidental murderer, has returned to Cork after forty years in exile to discover that Jimmy, the son she was forced to give up years before, has grown into the most fearsome gangster in the city. In seeking atonement for the murder and a multitude of other perceived sins, Maureen threatens to destroy everything her son has worked so hard for, while her actions risk bringing the intertwined lives of the Irish underworld into the spotlight.  (https://www.amazon.ca/Glorious-Heresies-Longlisted-Baileys-Fiction-ebook/dp/B00NLJKMX2/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1460401419&sr=1-1&keywords=the+glorious+heresies).

The prize was established to recognize the literary achievement of female writers.  One of the United Kingdom's most prestigious literary prizes, it is awarded annually to a female author of any nationality for the best original full-length novel written in English and published in the United Kingdom in the preceding year.