2015 Folio Prize for Fiction shortlist announced
The Folio Prize 2015 shortlist in full:
10:04 by Ben Lerner
All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews
Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill
Dust by Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor
Family Life by Akhil Sharma
How to be Both by Ali Smith
Nora Webster by Colm Toibin
Outline by Rachel Cusk
A varied selection this year with the authors ranging from across the world. The wide selection includes established writers such as Colm Toibin and Ali Smith joined by newer names like Ben Lerner and Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor.
There's a very strong showing from independent publishers with Faber and Granta publishing six of the eight books. Conversely, the other two books are published by the world's largest English language publisher, Penguin Random House.
Announcing the shortlist, Chair of Judges William Fiennes, said:
"This shortlist is the result of months of reading and hours of passionate conversation. The eight books we've chosen explore vast themes - time, loss, belonging, war, solitude, marriage and family, the making and the mystery of art – with amazing vitality and grace.
"They manage to be both epic and intimate – in fact, they show those dimensions to be two sides of the same coin. They've surprised, moved, challenged and enchanted us. They've made us laugh. They've grown and deepened when we read them again.
"But it's not just the richness and fire of the individual books. We're excited by the range of ideas, voices and approaches represented here, and by the way our shortlist shows the novel refreshing itself, reaching out for new shapes and strategies, still discovering what it might be, what it might do."
The winner of the £40,000 prize will be announced 23rd March and mark the culmination of the second Folio Fiction Prize Festival.