Olivia Laing Shortlisted for 2018 Goldsmiths Prize

27th September 2018

Olivia Laing’s Crudo has been shortlisted for the eminent Goldsmiths Prize, announced on the 26th September at Goldsmiths University in south London, accompanied by the New Statesman/Goldsmiths Prize Lecture, given by Elif Shafak.

The panel of judges was comprised of academic Adam Mars-Jones, authors Deborah Levy and Elif Shafak, as well as literary critic and New Statesman columnist Nicholas Lezard. Crudo has been described by judges as a “novelistic fusion cuisine”, and is joined on the shortlist by Robin Robertson’s The Long Take, Rachel Cusk’s Kudos, Guy Gunaratne’s In Our Mad and Furious City, Gabriel Josipovici’s The Cemetery in Barnes and Murmur by Will Eaves.

The Goldsmiths Prize was established in 2013 to celebrate the qualities of creative daring associated with the College and to reward fiction that breaks the mould or extends the possibilities of the novel form. The annual prize of £10,000 is awarded to a book that is deemed genuinely novel and which embodies the spirit of invention that characterizes the genre at its best.

The winner will be announced at ceremony at Goldsmiths on 14th November, and will appear at Cambridge Literary Festival in conversation with culture editor of the New Statesman Tom Gatti and Elif Shafak on 25th November.

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