anne enright

There are so few people given us to love. I want to tell my daughters this, that each time you fall in love it is important, even at nineteen. Especially at nineteen. And if you can, at nineteen, count the people you love on one hand, you will not, at forty, have run out of fingers on the other. There are so few people given us to love and they all stick.
—  Anne Enright, The Gathering
I look at the people queuing at the till, and I wonder are they going home, or are they going far away from the people they love. There are no other journeys. And I think we make for peculiar refugees, running from our own blood, or towards our own blood; pulsing back and forth along ghostly veins that wrap the world in a skein of blood.
—  Anne Enright, The Gathering
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The 2016 Baileys Prize Longlist includes a self-published debut and 10 other first novels
The prize celebrates fiction written by women in English
By Alison Flood

The 2016 Baileys prize longlist

1.     A God In Ruins by Kate Atkinson (UK)

2.     Rush Oh! by Shirley Barrett (Australia)

3.     Ruby by Cynthia Bond (US)

4.     The Secret Chord by Geraldine Brooks (Australia/US)

5.     The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers (US)

6.     A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding by Jackie Copleton (UK)

7.     Whispering Through a Megaphone by Rachel Elliot (UK)

8.     The Green Road by Anne Enright(Ireland)

9.     The Book of Memory by Petina Gappah(Zimbabwe)

10.  Gorsky by Vesna Goldsworthy (UK/Serbia)

11.  The Anatomist’s Dream by Clio Gray (UK)

12.  At Hawthorn Time by Melissa Harrison (UK)

13.  Pleasantville by Attica Locke (US)

14.  The Glorious Heresies by Lisa McInerney (Ireland)

15.  The Portable Veblen by Elizabeth McKenzie (US)

16.  Girl at War by Sara Nović (US)

17.  The House on the Edge of the World by Julia Rochester (UK)

18.  The Improbability of Love by Hannah Rothschild (UK)

19.  My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout (US)

20.  A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara (US)

There are so few people given us to love. I want to tell my daughters this, that each time you fall in love it is important, even at nineteen. Especially at nineteen. And if you can, at nineteen, count the people you love on one hand, you will not, at forty, have run out of fingers on the other. There are so few people given us to love and they all stick.
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Anne Enright

Enright's The Forgotten Waltz is on the longlist for the Orange Prize for Fiction.