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Indies dominate prize shortlist
22.10.07 | Alison Flood
Independent publishers dominate the shortlist for this year's John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, which recognises the best work of literature by a UK or Commonwealth writer aged 35 or under. The prize was founded 65 years ago in honour of author John Llewellyn Rhys, who was killed in action during the Second World War.
The shortlist is:
Blood Kin by Ceridwen Dovey (Atlantic Books)
The Carhullan Army by Sarah Hall (Faber)
Inglorious by Joanna Kavenna (Faber)
The Wild Places by Robert Macfarlane (Granta Books)
Joshua Spassky by Gwendoline Riley (Jonathan Cape)
Occupational Hazards by Rory Stewart (Picador)
The winner will be announced on 29th November, and will receive £5,000, with the other shortlisted authors receiving £500 each.
Chair of the judging panel Suzi Feay said: "The judges faced a difficult task to whittle this down to just six, not least because we felt that the fiction submissions in particular were exceptionally strong. There were longlisted books which we enjoyed as much, and relinquished with regret, but our final six choices have an extra quality-durability. Once read, they linger in the mind. All six authors are prodigiously gifted, and we look forward to their future work with excitement."