“Ducks, Newburyport” wins the Goldsmiths Prize 2019

The winner takes home £10,000

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Goldsmiths Prize

The judges for the Goldsmiths Prize have announced this year’s winner yesterday evening. Out of the six shortlisted titles, one now emerges as the winner of the £10,000 literary prize.

Goldsmiths Prize 2019 winner

Ducks, Newburyport by Lucy Ellmann

“Ducks, Newburyport” is a funny tome. It is an indictment of America’s past and present barbarity. It gives an inspired demonstration of what it is like to be the vanishing point of a hostile universe. The book was published by UK based Galley Beggar Press after Bloomsbury gave it a hard pass.

This title was also in the race to win the Booker Prize this year, but lost to Bernardine Evaristo and Margaret Atwood duo.

Quoting Erica Wagner, Chair of the Judges, Goldsmiths Prize,

“Ducks, Newburyport is that rare thing: a book which, not long after its publication, one can unhesitatingly call a masterpiece. In her gripping and hypnotic book, Ellmann remakes the novel and expands the reader’s idea of what is possible with the form. We are lucky to have such a winner this year.”

Lucy Ellmann was born in Illinois. When she was a teenager, she moved to England. She now lives in Edinburgh.

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