Judge praises "readability" of Dylan Thomas shortlist

Judge praises "readability" of Dylan Thomas shortlist

Téa Obreht’s Orange Prize-winning novel The Tiger’s Wife (Orion) is one of three debut novels on the University of Wales Dylan Thomas Prize shortlist, praised by the chair for its "readability".

Orion stablemate My Sister Lives on the Mantlepiece by Annabel Pitcher is the second debut on the shortlist, alongside Benjamin Hale’s The Evolution of Bruno Littlemore (Atlantic). The list is completed by The Meeting Point by Lucy Caldwell (Faber) and Folk by Jacob McArthur Mooney (McClelland & Stewart).

Peter Stead, chair, described the shortlist as "[combining] literary merit with readability which should arouse considerable interest amongst readers". He said: "There really is something here to excite and challenge every kind of reader."

The University of Wales Dylan Thomas Prize, which is worth £30,000, is awarded to young writers in honour of the legendary Welsh poet, and is open to all published authors aged 18 to 30. The 2011 winner will be announced on 9th November at a ceremony in Thomas’ hometown of Swansea, South Wales.