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:

A memoir with a message – about growing up in care and finding hope, determination and creativity – from British poet and national treasure Lemn Sissay

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 ...

Scabby Queen

Kirstin Innes

From the publisher:

‘Kirstin Innes is aiming high, writing for readers in the early days of a better nation’ A.L. Kennedy, author of Serious Sweet

Sing Backwards and Weep

Mark Lanegan

From the publisher:

The most honest and unsparing grunge memoir ever committed to the page by one of the greatest alternative rock stars of the past thirty years