Win the complete Baileys Women’s
Prize for Fiction Longlist
(That’s 20 books – so clear a shelf…)

Baileys Women's Fiction Prize Longlist 2015


On the 10th March this year, after wading through and reading 165 fabulous novels,  the judging panel for the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction announced their chosen longlist for 2015, which represent the best of international fiction written by women between 1st April 2014 and 31st March 2015.  All the books are listed at the bottom of this post and the good news is, I’m giving the entire collection away! That’s 20 books. That’s a lorra reading.

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. What a fantastic thing.

“The inspiring female talent on this year’s longlist is exactly why Baileys, a brand that proudly celebrates women, is so honoured to be working with the Prize,”  Syl Saller, Chief Marketing Officer, Diageo

Baileys Women's Fiction Prize Longlist 2015

The judging panel this year: Shami Chakrabarti, (Chair), Director, Liberty * Laura Bates, writer and Founder of The Everyday Sexism Project * Grace Dent, Columnist and Broadcaster * Helen Dunmore, Novelist, Poet and Winner of the Inaugural Orange Prize for Fiction (1996) * Cathy Newman, Presenter, Channel 4 News

“The Prize’s 20th year is a particularly strong one for women’s fiction,” commented Shami Chakrabarti, Chair of Judges. “All judges fought hard for their favourites and the result is a 2015 list of 20 to be proud of – with its mix of genres and styles, first-timers and well-known names from around the world. There is a very strong showing of UK writers and we are all incredibly excited about the final stages of the search for the winner.”

The shortlist will be announced on the 13th April and the winner on the 3rd June.

Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction Longlist 2015

As you all know, Poppy Loves Book Club is going from strength to strength and many of you are already members! Our current book is ‘We Should All Be Feminists’ by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and in celebration of this wonderful book, the fact that we have just hit 1500 members and to toot the horn of all the wonderful women who have written, are writing and WILL write wonderful literature, I am giving away the entire longlist of this fabulous fiction prize.


1. (Compulsory) Leave me a comment below with your favourite childhood book!

And for three additional entires:

2. Twitter: RT my tweet and follow me (@poppy_loves)

3. Instagram: Follow the instructions on my Instagram post (@poppy_loves_london)

4. Head over to my Facebook Page and follow the instructions on my competition post

This competition is open to UK addresses only, so if you would like to enter from abroad, please do, however I will only be able to post to a UK address.

The competition will end next Friday, 3rd April 2015 at midnight, UK time.

Good luck!

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193 thoughts on “Win the complete Baileys Women’s
Prize for Fiction Longlist
(That’s 20 books – so clear a shelf…)

  1. I loved Noel Stratfield Ballet shoes and Dogger by Shirley Hughes … Although my twins current favourite is The Elmer Treasury xx

  2. Definitely Ronja the Robber’s Daughter by Astrid Lindgren – a girl going off and surviving in a magical forest on her own after deciding she disagrees with her father’s politics. I loved it. I actually still do.

  3. As a young child I loved ‘Piggy Pink. George’s Marvellous Medicine became a firm favourite when I was a little older.

  4. My favourite book growing up was A Tree Growns in Brooklyn, by Betty Smith. A fantastic book by a female author, centered around an inspiring girl growing up in poverty in Brooklyn.

  5. So many favourite childhood books but probably Anne of Green Gables, I come back to it every couple of years and love it all over again.

  6. The Letter for the King is a very special book. I’ve reread it several times.

    I’m Dutch, but have a UK address as well.

  7. My favourite childhood book has to be A Thousand Yards of Sea by Adele Geras. A beautiful story that was beautifully illustrated. I still own my copy! Very precious as is now 35 years old and out of print!

  8. My heart broke a little when I saw that the competition is open to UK residents only :( But I understand that shipping costs are high, maybe you could do an international giveaway when a shortlist is announced?

    My favourite childhood book is The naughtiest girl is the monitor by Enid Blyton.

  9. The Worst Witch books were by far my favourites. Can’t count the number of times I read them. When I was a bit older then Harry Potter took over as my favourites. Guess witches and wizards were really my thing when I was younger.

  10. ELidor was very imaginative and therefore a great favourite. Being written by a local author made it more interesting.

  11. I think The Magic Pudding by Norman Lindsay holds a special place. A bad tempered and rude pudding that continually regenerates to be eaten again, and who must be defended by his friends against the pudding thieves!

  12. The Girl Guide Annual – got one for Christmas every year. Also Enid Blyton – Famous Five was special too

  13. My absolute favourites were the Snow Spider books by Jenny Nimmo. Must re-read theses.

  14. My favourite book was Lorna Doone, I had the story tape too and loved it but the music always spooked me lol. Actually just downloaded it on my kindle so I can read it to my kids x

  15. My absolute favourite childhood book was “The Little White Horse” by Elizabeth Goudge. I still have my childhood copy and I read it to my daughter recently and she loved it too.

  16. Has to be Matilda by Roald Dahl. I could practically recited the story word perfect!

  17. So many to choose from, but I always had a soft spot for Swallows and Amazons (yes, that does give my age away a bit!)

  18. I used to love ALL of the worst witch books by Gill Murphy. I keep meaning to get them for my daughter

  19. my fav has already been listed by lots of folks but it
    was The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton. I loved the idea of visiting new worlds each chapter.

  20. Amazing prize!! I seem to be flying through my collection of books at the moment so this would certainly set me back a couple of months. Favourite childhood book- Illustrated Mum by Jacqueline Wilson

  21. I loved all of Enid Blyton’s school stories, especially Mallory Towers series and The Twins at St. Clares

  22. C.S. Lewis – The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe was my childhood favourite. Closely followed by Enid Blyton’s Magic Faraway Tree

  23. Favourite childhood book was by Enid Blyton and was a Mallory Towers book but read so many cannot remember exact title

  24. I loved all the Enid Blytons famous five books, I still have the whole collection 40 years later and read them with my son, waiting to read them with grandchildren next!

  25. Gosh, what a question. I loved every single Enid Blyton story, all of the Roald Dahl books, everything written by Jacqueline Wilson. But I have to say that my absolute fave series (can’t choose just one) was Harry Potter! Amazing books.

  26. My favourite childhood book was The Folk of the Faraway Tree – so many lovely characters

  27. My favourite childhood book was Over Sea Under Stone, by Susan Cooper.

    (Thank you for offering this prize – I’ve only read two of these books so far, so fingers crossed!)

  28. Roald Dahl’s The Giraffe, the Pelly and Me! Or maybe Esio Trot! Complete with Quentin Blake’s amazing illustrations of course. :)

  29. As an early years teacher, I love picture books, so books like the Hungry Caterpillar, and We’re Going on a Bear Hunt are very special to me. When I was a child I devoured Enid Blyton Books. I had some of my Mum’s old copies from when she was little, and they’re still some of my most treasured possessions.

    Jennie x

  30. Danny the Champion of the World, Roald Dahl.

    Beautiful, gentle story of love between a father and son.

  31. Ballet Shoes and White Boots. I loved them both and I was actually loved the TV version of Ballet Shoes with the lovely Emma Watson. Nicola x

  32. I’m not sure if there is already a comment, I broke it! Oops! But just in case…my favourites were Faraway Tree and anything Enid Blyton, Bunty and Rupert annuals!

  33. Comet in Moominland – and indeed all Tove Jansson’s Moomintroll books. “All Small Beasts Should Have Bows in their Tails”.

  34. I live on a Hebridean island where books for sale are few. We don’t even have a library – just a van that appears from time to time. I don’t want to resort to Amazon so a pile of books like these would be absolutely brilliant – and I’d share them with our book group.
    My favourite book when I was six was ‘A Child’s Garden of Verses’ by Robert Louis Stevenson. His poem ‘Travel’ made me want to live on an island – and here I am.

  35. Black Beauty by Anna Sewell

    I always got lost in the story. It took me into a place I wanted to be.

  36. What an amazing prize! My favourite book as a child was “Over Sea Under Stone” by Susan Cooper.
    When ever I went on holiday as a child I would hope to find a mysterious treasure map and have a similar adventure.

  37. Wow! What a great giveaway. I’m really struggling for my favourite childhood book… I guess at a push it would be The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time by Mark Haddon. I saw the play in London in December it was truly superb, well worth a watch!

  38. Fabulous giveaway – thanks so much for the chance! My favourite childhood book was Little Women; I found Jo particularly inspiring and still re-read it now. x

  39. I’d love to enter the competition, my favourite childhood book was Isadora Duncan’s autobiography, ‘My Life’

  40. I’m a very slow reader; always have been so books weren’t my thing until I had to read Foundation by The Good Doctor; Isaac Asimov! I enjoyed that book so much that, even though they were not required reading, I read the other 2 books of the (then) trilogy.
    Years later, I spotted Foundation in an airport bookstore and discovered there were 4 additions to the original trilogy; what a treat!

  41. My favourite childhood book was Kenneth Grahame’s “The Wind In The Willows”.

  42. My favourite childhood book was a biography of Annie Sullivan called ‘Helen Keller’s Teacher.’ I borrowed it from the library so many times, and read it over and over. I just re-found it recently on Amazon. Such a great story of hope and perseverance.

  43. My favourite childhood book was Five on a Treasure Island. Read it to my son recently and he loves it as much as me :-)

  44. Tough one. Little Women, the Chalet School books, Sweet Valley High, Howl’s Moving Castle…I can’t pick just one!

  45. Semolina Silkpaws by Gladys Williams. When I was a bit older my favourite was The Hobbit

  46. My favourite childhood book was Swallows & Amazons by Arthur Ransome – i still reread the whole series regularly!!!

  47. Wow! What a fantastic giveaway! I know that this is a common answer but my childhood books are the Harry Potter books – they have truly changed my life and helped me through some very dark times :-)
    I also followed and RT’ed on twitter – my profile is @WordsThatStay1.
    If I was incredibly lucky enough to win, please contact me at

  48. My favourite childhood book was The Witches. I absolutely loved it and would read it over and over! Can’t wait to read it to my little one when he’s old enough!

  49. I used to love Gobbolino, the Witch’s Cat by Ursula Moray Williams. It was certainly well read.

  50. I loved all the Nancy Drew books, The Hardy Boys and The Three Investigators too. It’s no wonder I still love crime fiction!

  51. hard choice, i loved the famous five series, brer rabbit, the magical faraway tree and malory towers, anything by enid blyton really

  52. My favourite was The Enchanted Wood. I used to read it or The Magic Faraway Tree once a week!

  53. My favourite was The Far away tree by enid blyton – we had the big hard backed book – me and my brother loved it and it was read to us most weeks.

  54. The Noddy books which Grandma used to teach me to read before I started school progressing to Famous Five and Secret Seven which nurtured what was to become a lifelong passion for books :)

    1. ‘The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark’- Jill Tomlinson. I was afraid of the dark too!

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