We’re now in the tenth year of the Goldsmiths Prize, which causes me to reflect on how much my reading tastes have been shaped over that time, by the Prize specifically to an extent, but more broadly by what it represents in championing ‘mould-breaking’ fiction. It wouldn’t be the same without the Goldsmiths, let’s put it that way.
On to this year’s shortlist: let’s see what we’ve got…
- Somebody Loves You by Mona Arshi (And Other Stories)
- Seven Steeples by Sara Baume (Tramp Press)
- Maps of Our Spectacular Bodies by Maddie Mortimer (Picador)
- Peaces by Helen Oyeyemi (Faber & Faber)
- there are more things by Yara Rodrigues Fowler (Fleet)
- Diego Garcia by Natasha Soobramanien and Luke Williams (Fitzcarraldo Editions)
I’ve reviewed one of these books already, and Seven Steeples is a worthy contender, with the way it makes character fade into landscape (and vice versa). Helen Oyeyemi has long been a favourite author of mine, so I’m really pleased to see her make this shortlist. The rest is all to be discovered as I read along.