Xiaolu Guo Longlisted for Orwell Prize

9th April 2021

We are delighted to see Xiaolu Guo’s beautifully tender A Lover’s Discourse longlisted for The Orwell Prize for political fiction.

A Lover’s Discourse is an exploration of romantic love told through fragments of conversations between the two lovers. Playing with language and the cultural differences that her narrator encounters as she settles into life in a post-Brexit Britain, Xiaolu Guo shows us how this couple navigate these differences, and their romance, whether on their unmoored houseboat or in a stifling flatshare in east London, or journeying through other continents together…

Suffused with a wonderful sense of humour, this intimate and tender novel asks universal questions: what is the meaning of home when we’ve been uprooted? How can a man and woman be together? And how best to find solid ground in a world of uncertainty?

The Orwell Prizes celebrate the writing and reporting which best meets the spirit of George Orwell’s own ambition ‘to make political writing into an art’. The shortlist will be announced at the end of May. Congratulations Xiaolu!