Pakistani novelist Kamila Shamsie’s book A God In Every Stone has been shortlisted for the £30,000 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction 2015.
The novel is among six books that have been shortlisted for the annual prize. The other novels on the shortlist are Rachel Cusk’s Outline, The Bees by Laline Paull, How To Be Both by Ali Smith (which was also shortlisted for the 2014 Man Booker Prize), Pulitzer Prize-winning author Anne Tyler’s A Spool Of Blue Thread and The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters.
Shamsie’s novel, which was also shortlisted for the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2015, is a tale of love, loyalty and resistance set across the British Empire during World War I, but travels through time and ancient civilisations for an exciting finale.
The winner of the prize will be announced on June 3, according to the prize website.
The winner will be chosen by a five-member judging panel, which also selected the shortlist. The panel is chaired by Shami Chakrabarti, the director of the UK-based National Council of Civil Liberties, and it includes journalist Kathy Newman, columnist Grace Dent, novelist Helen Dunmore and Laura Bates, the founder of the Everyday Sexism Project.
The Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction was launched in 1996 to acknowledge and celebrate “excellence, originality and accessibility in women’s writing from throughout the world”, according to the prize website.