2016 Longlist


paler The Bath Novel Award 2016 Longlist 


This year a record 1,063 novels were submitted by writers in 42 countries.

39 novels have been longlisted, with settings ranging from Georgian Edinburgh to a futuristic London, via Tokyo, The Basque Country and Iran. Historical and literary novels dominate this year’s list, with an especially competitive year for psychological suspense entries.

As our judges read “blind” we’ll be keeping the longlisted writers’ identities under wraps until the winner, as chosen by Susan Armstrong of Conville & Walsh, is announced in July.

In the meantime, huge congratulations to the writers of these 39 standout titles:

A Policy on Kissing
An Easy Deceit
An Emu War
An Unremarkable Body
Beautiful, Terrible Things
By These Limbs
Field of Blackbirds
Friend Request
Half a Girl
House of Smouldering Tears
In Love with the Furies
Looking for Heaven
Monsoon Coming
Morning Song
North Rook
One Act of Defiance
Sister of Mine
Songs of all Poets
Swan Song
The Binding Frame
The Debut
The Devil’s Servants
The God Bullet
The Half-Life of Barbara Kipling
The Khan
The Last Fiesta
The Paris Train
The Resurrectionists
Thirteen, Backwards
You Beneath Your Skin
Your Sleeping Head
You’re Beautiful


The Bath Novel Award 2016 is sponsored by Cornerstones Literary Consultancy

Update: read The Bath Novel Award 2016 full winners and listees announcement here