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Donna Tartt Bookie's Favourite To Win The Baileys Women's Prize For Fiction 2014

Posted at 6:58PM Thursday 29 May 2014

With the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction only six days away, the latest odds from bookmakers William Hill have American author Donna Tartt as odds-on favourite with her third novel, The Goldfinch. This is the second time Donna Tartt has been shortlisted for the Prize* – she was also shortlisted in 2003 for The Little Friend.

Second favourite at 3/1 is Nigerian writer and previous Orange Prize for Fiction winner, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, for her third novel, Americanah. Adichie previously won the Orange Prize in 2007 for her second novel, Half of a Yellow Sun, and was also shortlisted in 2004 for her first novel, Purple Hibiscus.

Joint third favourites at 5/1 are Australian author, Hannah Kent, for her first novel Burial Rites, and Irish writer, Eimear McBride, with her debut novel A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing.

In joint fourth place at 6/1 are British/American author Jhumpa Lahiri, for The Lowland and debut Irish writer, Audrey Magee for The Undertaking.

Donna Tartt – The Goldfinch 2/1

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – Americanah  3/1

Hannah Kent – Burial Rites 5/1

Eimear McBride – A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing  5/1

Jhumpa Lahiri – The Lowland  6/1

Audrey Magee – The Undertaking   6/1

Set up in 1996 to celebrate and promote international fiction by women throughout the world to the widest range of readers possible, the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction is awarded for the best novel of the year written by a woman. Any woman writing in English – whatever her nationality, country of residence, age or subject matter – is eligible.

The winner of the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction – in this, the Prize's nineteenth year - will be presented with a cheque for £30,000 and a limited edition bronze statue known as 'the Bessie', created by artist Grizel Niven. Both are anonymously endowed.

The award ceremony will take place on 4th June 2014 in The Clore Ballroom of the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, London.  


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