Esther Freud is among the authors longlisted for the 2015 New Angle Prize for literature that celebrates East Anglia.
Freud’s Mr Mac and Me (Bloomsbury), set on the Suffolk coast, is on the longlist [full details below], as are non-fiction titles by David Gentleman, Ronald Blythe, Mark Cocker and Alex Monroe. Four debut authors - Jason Hewitt, Sarah Perry, Jo Riccioni and Kate Worsley – also feature.
Jules Pretty, author and one of the judges said: "This year's New Angle Prize saw a great diversity of entries from across the whole region. We were very impressed with the very high quality, and were delighted to find it so hard to create a longlist. The range and quality is testament to the strength of the literary sector in the East."
Pretty, along with fellow judges journalist Carol Bundock and author Katie Ward, will now choose the shortlist, which will be announced on the 27th March. The winner, who will receive a prize of £2,500, will be announced in September.
The New Angle Prize is organised by the Ipswich Institute.
The longlist in full:
Ronald Blythe, The Time by the Sea (Faber & Faber)
Mark Cocker, Claxton. Field Notes from a Small Planet (Jonathan Cape)
Esther Freud, Mr Mac and Me (Bloomsbury)
David Gentleman, In The Country (Full Circle Editions)
Amanda Hodgkinson, Spilt Milk (Fig Tree, Penguin Books)
Alex Monroe, Two Turtle Doves (Bloomsbury)
James Runcie, Sydney Chambers and the Problem of Evil (Bloomsbury)
Saskia Sarginson, Without You (Little Brown Book Group)
Kate Worsley, She Rises (Bloomsbury)
Sarah Perry, After Me Comes the Flood (Profile Books)
Jason Hewitt, The Dynamite Room (Simon & Schuster)
Jo Riccioni, The Italians at Cleats Corner Store (Scribe UK)
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