Gordon Burn Prize Longlist 2020

The Gordon Burn Prize celebrates bold, fearless works of both fiction and non-fiction that keep alive the ground-breaking spirit of Gordon Burn's work, which makes for one of the most exciting literary prizes going. This year's longlist has just been announced.

Notes Made While Falling

Jenn Ashworth

From the publisher:

Notes Made While Falling is both a genre-bending memoir and a cultural study of traumatized and sickened selves in fiction and film. It offers a fresh, visceral, and ...

My Name Is Why

Lemn Sissay

From the publisher:

THE NUMBER ONE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER. A memoir with a message – about growing up in care and finding hope, determination and creativity – from British poet and national ...

Godspeed: a memoir

Casey Legler

From the publisher:

‘I swim for every chance to get wasted – after every meet, every weekend, every travel trip. This is what I look forward to and what I tell no one: the burn of it down my ...

Motherwell: A Girlhood

Deborah Orr

From the publisher:

A stunning literary memoir about the author’s relationship with her complicated mother and childhood for fans of WHY BE HAPPY WHEN YOU COULD BE NORMAL? ‘Motherwell is ...

Three Women

Lisa Taddeo

From the publisher:

The International No. 1 Bestseller ‘Cuts to the heart of who we are’ Sunday Times ‘A book that begs discussion’ Vanity Fair All Lina wanted was to be desired. How ...