The shortlist for the Goldsmiths Prize 2015 was revealed today (1st October) with the finalists "embodying the spirit of invention."
The shortlisted works are Beatlebone (Canongate) by Kevin Barry, Acts of the Assassins (Harvill Secker) by Richard Beard, The Field of the Cloth of Gold (Bloomsbury) by Magnus Mills and Grief is the Thing with Feathers (Faber & Faber) by Max Porter.
Cape have two titles on the shortlist: Lurid & Cute by Adam Thirlwell and Satin Island by Tom McCarthy.
The shortlisted works were chosen from an initial 101 submissions for “embodying the spirit of invention that characterises the novel genre at its best.”
The judging panel was made up of inaugural Goldsmiths Prize –winner, Eimear McBride, writer Jon McGregor, lead fiction reviewer for the New Statesman, Leo Robson, and chair of judges, Professor Josh Cohen.
Cohen said: “Having enjoyed a long and robust discussion of the different ways today’s novelists are challenging, breaking and remaking the rules of their own form, we’re delighted to present this shortlist of audacious and original books. If there’s a red thread running through these fascinatingly diverse novels, it’s a very contemporary concern with life at its furthest edges. We hope to see the shortlist provoke much curiosity and argument among many readers about the possibilities of fiction today."
The Goldsmiths Prize was founded by Goldsmiths, University of London in association with the New Statesman, and launched in 2013 with the goal of "celebrating the spirit of creative daring" associated with the University and to reward fiction that "breaks the mould or extends the possibilities of the novel form".
McBride was the first new winner of the £10,000 award for her work, A Girl is a Half-formed Thing. The win came nearly a decade after the work was rejected by publishers for being "too experimental".
Last year’s winner, Ali Smith, who won for her novel How to be Both, recently credited the prize for changing the literary landscape by “encouraging publishers to embrace experimental works.”
Tom Gatti, culture editor of the New Statesman, said: “The Goldsmiths Prize shortlist has become an essential annual reading list for anyone interested in ambitious fiction. The New Statesman is delighted to continue its partnership with a prize that, in its third year, is already setting the literary agenda.
The winner will be announced at a ceremony on 11th November at Foyles Bookshop in Charring Cross, London.