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'Incredible' shortlist for Green Carnation

A debut novel from South Africa has joined the shortlist for this year's Green Carnation Prize, which awards writing by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) authors.

Moffie by Andre Carl Van Der Merwe (Europa Editions) joins Kerry Hudson's Tony Hogan Bought Me an Ice Cream Before He Stole Me Ma (Chatto), the second debut on the six-strong list.

Two titles from Fourth Estate are also nominated: A Perfectly Good Man By Patrick Gale and Scenes From Early Life by Philip Hensher.

The list is completed by two American authors, Carol Anshaw for Carry the One (Penguin) and Edmund White for Jack Holmes and His Friend (Bloomsbury).

Chair of judges Rodney Troubridge said: Shortlists like longlists are never easy but I feel that we've reached a happy consensus and one we all feel completely justifies the criteria of the prize.”

Honorary director and co-founder of the Prize, Simon Savidge said: “This year was the hardest shortlisting discussion I have been a part of, I think it is down to the fact that we had an absolutely incredible longlist and what is exciting, and will also make this year all the tougher, is that we still have no idea who might win.

"These six books are all incredible.”

Also on the judging panel were last year's winner Catherine Hall, photographer and DJ Dom Agius and The Bookseller's Katie Allen.

The winning title will be announced on 12th December.