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.


Get your teeth into these. The Folio Prize longlist announced @TheFolioPrize

80 works of fiction published in the UK in 2014 have been nominated by The Folio Prize Academy for consideration by this year’s Folio Prize judges – 235 writers and critics who constitute the Academy have decided these are the best of the year.

The prize is selected using an innovative peer review process. The international body of writers and critics are immersed in the world of books and as such the Academy is uniquely positioned to identify the most outstanding writing of our time.

Chair of judges William Fiennes comments:

“The list of nominations for this year’s Folio Prize is both daunting and exhilarating. It’s not just that the list has such range and richness. Reading the books, it’s as if we’re eavesdropping on a marvellous conversation about what a novel might be.”

The Folio Prize shortlist

image-medium (79)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