Following on from last week’s announcement that I am on the shadow panel for the The Sunday Times/Peters Fraser & Dunlop Young Writer of the Year Award, I can now reveal some more exciting news: the shortlist has been unveiled.
There are just four titles in contention for the £5,000 prize — and each one is deliciously different from each other. The shortlist comprises a chunky novel, a poetry collection, a short story collection and a novella — which is going to prove a rather interesting judging challenge, I must say, for how can you compare apples with oranges?
The list is as follows:
- The Ecliptic by Benjamin Wood (Scribner)
- Physical by Andrew McMillan (Cape Poetry)
- An Account of the Decline of the Great Auk, According to One Who Saw It by Jessie Greengrass (John Murray Originals)
- Grief is the Thing with Feathers by Max Porter (Faber)
I read and reviewed Grief is the Thing with Feathers for my book group earlier this year; I will be reading and reviewing the remaining three over the next few weeks prior to the prize announcement in early December.
For more information, please do visit the official prize website.