Gale and Van der Merwe share Green Carnation Prize

Authors Patrick Gale and Andre Carl Van der Merwe have been named joint winners of the Green Carnation Prize 2012.

Patrick Gale's 16th novel, A Perfectly Good Man (Fourth Estate) and Van der Merwe's debut Moffie (Europa Editions), share the title for 2012, which celebrates outstanding works by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) writers.

Chair of the judges Rodney Troubridge said: "I'm glad to see two novels win the Green Carnation Prize‚ from a much-loved author, Patrick Gale, a challenging tale of moral choices and [in Moffie] a visceral debut of love and prejudice from South Africa."

Fellow judge Dom Agius, photographer and DJ, said: "The winning titles shared one thing more than any other, repeated reads revealed ever more. The decision to tie the 2012 prize says everything about this year's submissions. Not so much a coalition compromise, just a wealth of really good books."