Thursday, November 20, 2008

John Llewellyn Rhys Shortlist

Told you there was a lot of award news at the moment! The shortlist for the 2008 John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, which rewards the best work of literature (fiction, non-fiction, poetry, drama) by a UK or Commonwealth writer aged 35 or under was announced on Monday 3 November, and comprises:
The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga

The Broken Word by Adam Foulds

The Secret Life of Words by Henry Hitchings

The Bloody White Baron by James Palmer

God’s Own Country by Ross Raisin

Selling Your Father’s Bones
by Brian Schofield
There are three works of fiction on the list. Ardiga's novel was the winner of this year's Booker prize, of course, and you may remember that Ross Raisin has been nominated for the Guardian First Book Award.

Fould's The Broken Word sounds fascinating - it is a verse novella (and how often do you get those?) set in Kenya at the time of the Mau Mau uprising, and following it's protagonist, Tom, as he returns to the family farm in between leaving public school and going up to Cambridge.

You can read about all the books here on the British Council's Animating Literature website, and there is information about all the authors here. The winner will be announced on Monday 24 November.

4 comments:

pjoldtowner said...

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Yusuf said...

Just when, I wonder, are we going to see awards encouraging the older writer.

Most people have nothing concrete to say until they are over 35!

bibliobibuli said...

yusuf - younger folks actually have a lot of good stuff to say! i can assure you of that from readings and from my classes.

but yes, i really do take your point.

here's one older writers' award though

bibliobibuli said...

pjoldtimer - of topic but never mind, it's an amazing resource, many thanks