Posted by: Lisa Hill | September 28, 2017

2017 Goldsmiths Prize shortlist

The Goldsmiths Prize – with its tagline Fiction at its Most Novel – is a prize for those of us who like a challenge in our reading:

Our six shortlisted books offer resistance to the received idea of how a novel should be written. Variously, they break the rules on continuity, time, character arcs, perspective, voice, typographical conventions and structure. As such, there is a wildness to all of our chosen books that provokes in the reader a joyful inquiry about just what a novel might be there to do. (Dr Naomi Wood, Chair of Judges)

This made me think about whether any of our recent Australian titles might have made such a shortlist if it weren’t limited to UK & Irish titles…

The 2017 shortlist (announced the same day as the DSC Prize shortlist in London) consists of

(Links are to Fishpond).

H(A)PPY A Line Made By Walking Reservoir 13: LONGLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2017 First Love Phone


  1. Love the selection criterion. Perhaps we should start our own prize here.


    • Yes: you, me, Sue from WG and Tony Messenger as judges. All we need is a sponsor.


  2. Such a strong list. Naturally, I’ll be rooting for Reservoir 13 but I’d be happy if A Line Made by Walking won. I’ve yet to read the Barker which sounds even more bonkers than usual.


    • Hi Susan, I’ve found your review of A Line By Walking and have added a link to it above. I’m a bit more tempted by it now, but a sudden influx of new books from our best writers means I am torn every which way in my reading….

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      • Many thanks for that, Lisa. I hope you enjoy it when you get around to it.


  3. Another one I missed. Interesting mix. I’ve heard great things about Reservoir 13. I have a copy of the Baume; I adored her debut when I read it a couple of years ago.


    • I predict that you will *love* Reservoir 13 whether it wins a prize or not.

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      • I’m waiting for the paperback to come out


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