The official shortlist was announced yesterday:
- The Letter Bearer by Robert Allison (Granta)
- A Girl is a Half-formed Thing by Eimear McBride (Galley Beggar Press)
- Ballistics by D.W. Wilson (Bloomsbury)
Well. This shortlist has two books in common with our shadow selection, but the inclusion of Ballistics actually gives it a very different character overall. As with the IFFP shortlist, I find it fascinating to see the consensus of another group of readers.
A Girl is a Half-formed Thing remains my favourite book from the Desmond Elliott longlist (read my review here), and I think it has a good chance of winning. We’ll find out on 3 July.