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Gordon Burn Prize 2021

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The Gordon Burn Prize, named in honour of the genre-bending Scottish writer, seeks out literature that is 'forward-thinking and fearless in both ambition and execution.' 

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‘Sea State marks the arrival of a gifted and exciting new voice’ Jon McGregor, author of Reservoir 13A candid examination of the life of North Sea oil riggers, and an explosive portrayal of masculinity, loneliness and…

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'A tender and touching love story, beautifully told' Observer 10 Best Debut Novelists of 2021 'A beautiful and powerful novel about the true and sometimes painful depths of love' Candice Carty-Williams, bestselling author of QUEENIE 'An…

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Helen Grant is a mystery to her daughter. An extrovert with few friends who has sought intimacy in the wrong places; a twice-divorced mother-of-two now living alone surrounded by her memories, Helen (known to her acquaintances as 'Hen') has…

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The narrator arrives in Berlin, a place famed for its hedonism, to find peace and maybe love; only to discover that the problems which have long haunted him have arrived there too, and are more present than ever. As he approaches his…

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LONGLISTED FOR THE GORDON BURN PRIZEMrs Death tells her intoxicating story in this life-affirming fire-starter of a novelMrs Death has had enough. She is exhausted from spending eternity doing her job and now she seeks someone to unburden…

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Featured in Damian Barr's picks for 2021Chosen as one of the Best Books of 2021 in the Telegraph'If this addictive slice of Edinburgh Gothic isn't on all prize lists, there is no justice.' iNews 'Over time, 10 Luckenbooth Close sinks from…

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'Immensely readable' Hannah Jane Parkinson, OBSERVER…

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'Niven Govinden's Diary of a Film, his sixth novel, is also his best yet. Smart, sexy and cinematic (in many senses), it is a love letter to Italy and to film' Observer'Immersive . . . This is a wise and skilfully controlled novel that can…

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LONG-LISTED FOR THE GORDON BURN PRIZE 2021* 'Exceptional...' Observer * 'Unforgettable...' TLS * 'Outstanding...' Irish Times *'Sam Byers’s mastery of tone and attentiveness to every psychological shift…

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LONGLISTED FOR THE GORDON BURN PRIZEA monumental speculative fiction story of love, loyalty, politics and conscience set in parallel LondonsThe Ark was built to save the lives of the many, but rapidly became a refuge for the elite, the…

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LONGLISTED FOR THE GORDON BURN PRIZE'Gorgeous' - Brit Bennett'Pure genius' - Jacqueline Woodson'One of the most dynamic books I have ever read' - Clint SmithAt the March on Washington, Josephine Baker reflected on her life and her legacy.…

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When we first met, I was a child, and she had been dead for centuries.I am eleven, a dark-haired child given to staring out window … Her voice makes it 1773, a fine day in May, and puts English soldiers crouching in ambush; I add…

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