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Goldsmiths Prize 2020

'Fiction at its most novel'

Since 2013, the Goldsmiths prize has celebrated '…fiction that breaks the mould or extends the possibilities of the novel form.' With past winners including Lucy Ellmann, Robin Robertson and Eimear McBride, this shortlist is a great place to start if you are looking for something ~NEW~.


About the Shortlist

'From D B C Pierre’s smarting satire of smartphone culture to Paul Griffith’s elegant imagining of Beethoven in Boston, the six books shortlisted for the Goldsmiths Prize 2020 are concerned with characters in extremis and loss of moorings. While Monique Roffey’s 'The Mermaid of Black Conch' blends 'Moby Dick' with 'Metamorphosis' in a polyphonic reflection on racial and sexual identity, M John Harrison’s 'The Sunken Land Begins to Rise Again' returns us to 'The Water Babies' in a fishy tale of hallucinogenic beauty and strangeness. Xiaolu Guo’s 'A Lover’s Discourse' places Roland Barthes in Brexit Britain in a delicate and witty love story between East and West, and Anakana Schofield’s 'Bina', a black comedy about euthanasia, is told as a series of warnings scribbled on the backs of envelopes by a woman who has had enough –a feeling many of us can share in these fragile and fractured times.'

-Dr Frances Wilson, Chair of Judges

Mr. Beethoven

Paul Griffiths

A Lover's Discourse

Xiaolu Guo

The Sunken Land Begins to Rise Again

M. John Harrison

Meanwhile in Dopamine City

DBC Pierre

Signed bookplate

The Mermaid of Black Conch

Monique Roffey


Anakana Schofield