The inaugural shortlist of the latest literary award on the block, the Folio Prize, has been unveiled, and it features five American authors.
The final eight books – from 80 read in total by the Folio judges – span poetry, novels and short stories.
– Last Friends by Jane Gardam
– Schroder by Amity Gaige – 4 stars by one of our readers
– Benediction by Kent Haruf
– The Flame Throwers by Rachel Kushner – rated 5 star by one of our readers
– A Naked Singularity by Sergio De La Pava
– Tenth of December by George Saunders
– A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing by Eimear McBride
– Red Doc by Anne Carson
The Folio Prize was first announced in 2011 and was then known as the Literature Prize, coming into being because the Man Booker judges were focusing on “readability”, whereas the Folio focuses on-“Excellence: to identify works of fiction in which the story being told and the subjects being explored achieve their most perfect and thrilling expression”.
The prize is worth £40,000 and is open to English-language writers from all around the world. It actually pre-empts this year’s Booker Prize, which is also expanding to a global level as a new departure.
It is a valuable prize – other literary awards are worth: Man Booker £50,000, Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction (formerly the Orange Prize) £30,000 and the new £10,000 Goldsmiths Prize.
The award will be made on 10th March