The six contenders for the second annual Goldsmiths Prize include a debut title that was crowd-funded (Paul Kingsnorth’s The Wake), two novels shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize (Howard Jacobson’s J and Ali Smith’s How to Be Both), and one that was longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award 2014 (Zia Haider Rahman’s In the Light of What We Know). Costa, Whitbread and Somerset Maughm Award-winning author Rachel Cusk, whose latest book Outline is in Goldsmiths contention, isn’t too shabby either. Will Eaves, who has been shortlisted for a Whitbread Award, has also been recognized by Goldsmiths this year for his novel The Absent Therapist. In other words, it’s on:
Judges Geoff Dyer, Tom Gatti, Kirsty Gunn, and Francis Spufford will select the winner to be announced at Foyles bookshop in London on November 12, 2014, and receive a £10,000 award. 2014 Baileys Prizewinner Eimear McBride won the inaugural Goldsmiths Prize last year for her novel A Girl Is A Half-Formed Thing. McBride’s book has also been shortlisted for the 2014 Dylan Thomas Prize.