Battle of the Baileys' books 2014

Who will win tonight?

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Tonight will see the long-anticipated winner of the Baileys’ Women’s Prize for Fiction 2014 award announced.

Is there an underdog in the mix? Are any of the novels going head to head? Who will scoop the £30,000 prize money?

Before tonight, get the lowdown on the six shortlisted novels here:

A powerful story on love, race and identity, Americanah follows a young Nigerian woman, Ifemelu, who emigrates to America to receive a university education. Chimamanda’s Half of a Yellow Sun scooped the Baileys’ prize in 2007 (as well as the Orange Prize for Fiction, and was also adapted into a film) – so the author has certainly laid the foundations for a win this year.

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Bookies’ odds: 7/2

A dark and poetic tale, Burial Rites tells the story (based on true events) of the final execution in Iceland and follows Agnes, a servant charged with murder. As Hannah Kent’s first novel, will the prize be awarded to a debutant?

Bookies’ odds: 3/1

Sweeping yet intimate - the second novel from Lahiri, The Lowland, relays the coming-of-age story of two brothers living in Calcutta in the 50s/60s. The novel was also nominated for the Man Booker Prize last year, and was a finalist for the National Book Prize Award. Could it finally get lucky? We’ll have to see.

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Bookies’ odds: 10/1

Bold and absorbing, The Undertaking tackles the WWII story of an ordinary German couple trying to build a life amidst the turmoil of the Nazi Germany reign. Audrey is our second shortlisted debutant – could The Undertaking be a winner?

Bookies’ odds: 8/1

You’ve got to give McBride points for originality – the novel tells the story of a young woman's relationship with her brother (who has suffered from a brain tumour since childhood), but it’s not so much the plot as it is the senseless stream of conscious writing style. It's head to head with Hannah Kent’s Burial Rites in the bookies' ratings - this is going to be one close call.

Bookies’ odds: 3/1

Set in New York City, The Goldfinch opens with a bomb explosion, and a young boy losing his mother. What follows is a haunting yet enthralling tale – all involving an exquisite painting of a goldfinch. As well as the current bookies' fave to win, the novel has already scooped the prestigious Pulitzer Prize for Fiction award this year – could tonight be a continuation of an already stellar run?

Bookies’ odds: 5/2

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