The Essex Serpent Shortlisted for the International Dylan Thomas Prize 2017
Adding to its steadily mounting list of nominations, the 2016 Waterstones Book of the Year The Essex Serpent has today been awarded a coveted place in the International Dylan Thomas Prize shortlist for 2017. Sarah Perry’s richly textured novel of love, freedom and scientific advancement amidst the landscape of 19th century Essex is a worthy example of the innovation and originality fostered by the prize.
Perry’s novel features on the shortlist alongside two debut novels: Pigeon by Welsh author Alys Conran and The Story of a Brief Marriage by Sri Lankan author Anuk Arudpragasam, as well a book of poetry, Cain by Luke Kennard and two collections of short stories; Dog Run Moon: Stories by Callan Wink and Fiona McFarlane’s The High Places.
Launched in 2006, the accolade is the largest literary prize in the world for young writers at £30,000, responsible for shedding light on some of the most inventive and thought-provoking contemporary writing, including last year’s much-lauded winner, Max Porter’s elegiac Grief is the Thing with Feathers.
Announcing the shortlist, Chair of Judges, Professor Dai Smith commented, “From a deeply impressive longlist... the judges, after a lengthy discussion, decided on six works whose sheer quality, originality and dazzle factor stood out.”
The winner will be announced on Wednesday 10 May at Swansea University’s Great Hall, in the run up to International Dylan Thomas Day on 14 May.