It is only a few hours until the winner of this year's Goldsmiths Prize is announced, so we thought we would quickly run through the short-list.
UPDATE: Since writing, Beatlebone has been named the winner of The Goldsmiths Award 2015 - not just a pretty cover then! Well done, Kevin Barry.
Rule-breakers, margin surfers, experimental wonderers - this prize is for you.
The Goldsmiths Prize awards fiction that takes everything we thought we knew about the novel and changes it; it awards inventiveness, courageousness and mind-bending merriment with words.
Take a look at the final six: be inspired, be in awe and... just look at those covers...I want them all:
"It is a darkly funny, virtuoso performance… so cleverly done it almost winks at the reader"
The Sunday Times
Lurid & Cute by Adam Thirlwell
"Reads like a collaboration between Kundera and Murakami to adapt SJ Watson’s Before I Go To Sleep or Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl into post-modernist fiction"
"A blast and a breeze and, strangely, a delight."
Beatlebone by Kevin Barry
"Gloriously freewheeling . . . a tale of fame, freaks, bad liquor and bad weather"
"Another of his trademark, pitch-perfect, blackly funny fables . all this oddness has led Thomas Pynchon to describe him as "a demented, deadpan comic wonder" ... The literary world's most original voice"
"Should you read the new Tom McCarthy book? (A: Yes. Always yes.)"
wins best cover, for me...but Magnus Mills
has my vote for outright winner, without even reading the book - Magnus Mills is a legend. Read everything by Magnus Mills.