The literary qualities and sheer entertainment value of the work we have been sifting are convincing evidence that fiction and biography of the highest standards are thriving in an evidently buoyant sector of our culture.The other four novels competing for the fiction prize were:
Strangers by Anita Brookner
Nocturnes by Kazuo Ishiguro
Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
The Selected Works of TS Spivet by Reif Larsen.
The prize for the best biography went to John Carey for William Golding: The Man Who Wrote Lord Of The Flies.