The Inaugural Folio Prize Shortlist Announced

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A Girl is a Half-formed ThingIrish author Eimear McBride is making a habit of being nominated for inaugural literary awards! Eimear was today announced as one of the eight novelists shortlisted for the inaugural Folio Prize. The other authors shortlisted are Anne Carson, Amity Gaige, Jane Gardam, Kent Haruf, Rachel Kushner, Sergio De La Pava and George Saunders.  The eight are all in the running for the £40,000 prize, the winner of which will be announced on Monday, 1st March.

Eimear's book, 'A Girl is a Half-formed Thing', tells the story of a young woman's relationship with her brother, and the long shadow cast by his childhood brain tumour. Only last November Eimear's book won the inaugural Goldsmiths Prize, having been rejected by publishers for a good number of years until Galley Beggar Press took a chance on it, a book other publishers thought too experimental.

The eight books in contention for this year’s prize are:

Folio PrizeRed Doc by Anne Carson (Random House/Jonathan Cape) (Canada)
Schroder by Amity Gaige (Faber & Faber) (USA)
Last Friends by Jane Gardam (Little, Brown) (England)
Benediction by Kent Haruf (Picador) (USA)
The Flame Throwers by Rachel Kushner (Random House/Harvill Secker) (USA)
A Girl Is A Half-Formed Thing by Eimear McBride (Galley Beggar Press) (Ireland)
A Naked Singularity by Sergio De La Pava (Maclehose Editions) (USA)
Tenth of December by George Saunders (Bloomsbury) (USA) 

About the Prize

The Folio Prize is the newest literary prize. Known as the Literature Prize until its sponsor was announced as the Folio Society (March 2013). The inaugural award will be presented in March 2014 for books published in the UK between 1st January and 31st December 2013, written originally in English from authors anywhere around the globe, and published in any form or from any genre (Source: The Bookseller).

Members of the Folio Prize Academy, which comprises more than 100 writers and critics can each nominate three novels, which are then assembled into a a longlist, from which the judging panel then select the shortlist.

Read more on the BBC Website.

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