Olivia Laing Shortlisted for James Tait Black Prize

4th April 2019

Crudo by Olivia Laing is one of four novels competing for the £10,000 James Tait Black award for fiction, now in its 100th year.

It is joined on the shortlist by Sight by Jessie Greengrass, Murmur by Will Eaves, and Heads Of The Colored People by Nafissa Thompson-Spires.

Fiction judge Dr Alex Lawrie, of the University of Edinburgh, said: “These four books are stylish, witty, and experimental. I’m thrilled that in this centenary year our shortlist reflects the very best that fiction can offer.”

In the biography category, In Extremis: The Life Of War Correspondent Marie Colvin by Lindsey Hilsum is competing for the £10,000 prize with Natives: Race And Class In The Ruins Of Empire by Akala, The Life Of Stuff: A Memoir About The Mess We Leave Behind by Susannah Walker, and The Catalogue Of Shipwrecked Books: Young Columbus And The Quest For A Universal Library by Edward Wilson-Lee.

The annual prizes have been presented since 1919, after Janet Tait Black, part of the threadmaking family J & P Coats, made a provision in her will for the awards in memory of her husband James.

The winners of both prizes will be announced at the Edinburgh International Book Festival in August.

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