The shortlist for the Goldsmiths Prize 2019 was announced earlier on the 2nd of this month. The jury has been late by at least two days, since the deadline for the declaration was September. A total of six books have been shortlisted for the coveted prize.
For the uninitiated, the Goldsmiths Prize is awarded annually to a book written in English by authors living in the United Kingdom (Great Britain and Northern Ireland) or the Republic of Ireland for three years prior to the date of submission for the award and published by a publisher based in the UK or the Republic of Ireland during the prize year. The winner takes home an amount of £10,000.
Goldsmiths Prize 2019 shortlist
The shortlisted books, in no particular order, are:
Slip of a Fish by Amy Arnold
“Slip of a Fish” is a devastating narration of motherhood, and the love and loss attached to it. It is dazzling and disorientating at the same time. This book had won the Northern Book Prize last year.
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. This book is also in the race to win the Booker Prize this year.
The Porpoise by Mark Haddon
Reading “The Porpoise” is a lively and wild experience. It is a fictional fantasy, an adventure of its type. It jumps from the contemporary era to historical times, and vice versa. The book also has princess and pirates.
The Man Who Saw Everything by Deborah Levy
“The Man Who Saw Everything” is a novel about beauty, carelessness, and envy. It examines what one sees, and also what one fails to see. This book was longlisted for The Booker Prize earlier this year, but unfortunately couldn’t make it to the shortlist.
Good Day? by Vesna Main
“Good Day?” is a novel within a novel – so meta! It is a dark but true take on the world of social media and how privacy is a myth in this day and age. It unfolds as a series of compelling conversations between a husband and wife.
We Are Made Of Diamond Stuff by Isabel Waidner
“We are made of Diamond Stuff” is a heartbreaking yet hopeful take on the queer migrant experience in Britain. The narration is innovative and revolves around the theme of resistance.
In case you missed it, the shortlist for the JCB Prize for Literature is also out.
What about the winner of Goldsmiths Prize 2019?
The winner will be declared on November 13 this year.