The 6 shortlisted books are:
Stay With Me by Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ̀̀ - a story of marriage and motherhood set against the social and political turbulence of 1980s Nigeria.
The Power by Naomi Alderman - a science fiction thriller imagining a world where women develop a power to hurt or kill men with a single touch.
The Dark Circle by previous prize winner Linda Grant - a story of East End London teenage twins suffering from tuberculosis, who are sent to a sanatorium in deepest Kent where they meet a very different world.
The Sport of Kings by C.E. Morgan - a story about race and horse racing following a father and daughter who try to mould a wilful thoroughbred into a champion.
First Love by Gwendoline Riley - draws the reader into the battleground of a marriage between a mid-30s author and her older husband.
Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien - the story of China's Cultural Revolution told through the interwoven lives of three Chinese musical prodigies.
The prize, worth £30,000 celebrates excellence, originality and accessibility in writing by women in English from throughout the world. The winner of the 2017 prize will be announced on 7 June 2017.