Bailey Women's Prize for fiction, 2014

The winner of the Bailey Women's Prize for fiction is Irish author Eimear McBride  with her astonishing debut, A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing.

This incredible debut novel tells, with astonishing insight and in brutal detail, the story of a young woman’s relationship with her brother, and the long shadow cast by his childhood brain tumour. Not so much a stream of consciousness, as an unconscious railing against a life that makes little sense, and a shocking and intimate insight into the thoughts, feelings and chaotic sexuality of a vulnerable and isolated protagonist.
To read A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing is to plunge inside its narrator’s head, experiencing her world first-hand. This isn’t always comfortable - but it is always a revelation.
Touching on everything from family violence to sexuality and the personal struggle to remain intact in times of intense trauma, McBride writes with singular intensity, acute sensitivity and mordant wit. A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing is moving, funny – and alarming. It is a book you will never forget. Request a copy from the Library. 


Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie 

Burial Rites Hannah Kent 

The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri 

The Undertaking by Audrey Magee 

A Girl Is A Half-Formed Thing by Eimear McBride 

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

The BAILEYS Women’s Prize for Fiction is awarded for the best novel of the year written by a woman of any nationality in the English language. Established in 1996, the prize was set up to celebrate excellence, originality and accessibility in writing by women throughout the world.