Congratulations to debut Irish author Lisa Mcinerney who won the 2016 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction for The Glorious Heresies.
Lisa was presented with the £30,000 prize and the ‘Bessie,’ a limited edition bronze figurine by Margaret Mountford, the 2016 Chair of Judges.
Margaret Mountford, Chair of Judges, said: “After a passionate discussion around a very strong shortlist, we chose Lisa McInerney’s The Glorious Heresies, a superbly original, compassionate novel that delivers insights into the very darkest of lives through humour and skilful storytelling. A fresh new voice and a wonderful winner.”
Lisa McInerney is from Galway and is the author of award-winning blog ‘Arse End of Ireland’. Her debut novel, The Glorious Heresies, was named as a book of the year by The Irish Times, Sunday Independent and Sunday Business Post and has been shortlisted for the 2016 Desmond Elliott Prize and longlisted for the 2016 Dylan Thomas Prize.
In 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 this 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 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…
The Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction is the UK’s only annual book award for fiction written by a woman celebrating excellence, originality and accessibility in women’s writing from throughout the world.
Fore more information on the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction check out www.womensprizeforfiction.co.uk