The Folio Prize shortlist has been announced

The 2015 Folio Prize for Fiction features independent publishers Faber and Granta on its shortlist with three books each. Now in its second year, the £40,000 prize is awarded for a work of English-language fiction released in the UK during 2014.

The judging panel includes journalist and writer Rachel Cooke, The Reluctant Fundamentalist author Mohsin Hamid, Orange Prize-winning novelist A M Homes and Man Booker Prize-shortlisted Deborah Levy. William Fiennes will chair the panel.

A Folio Society Lecture will be launched as part of the second Folio Prize Fiction Festival. The inaugural lecture will be delivered by novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

Faber’s three titles are:

All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews, about sisters, suicide and how to carry on after grief – gets a 5 star rating by Leeds readers;

Family Life by Akhil Sharma, about a boy torn between duty and survival

Outline by Rachel Cusk, about a female writer.

 Granta’s are:

10:04 by Ben Lerner, about “making art, love and children during the twilight of an empire

Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill, about marriage and motherhood

Dust by Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor, covering 50 years of Kenyan history.

Also on the list are: 2014 Man Booker Prize shortlisted How to be Both by Ali Smith – a dual narrative with a contemporary section and another about a Renaissance painter in the 1460s, which won the Goldsmiths Prize and the Costa Novel Award and Colm Toibin’s Nora Webster about a woman in 1960s Ireland trying to rebuild her life after the death of her husband.