Posted by: Lisa Hill | January 27, 2023

Limberlost is longlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize!

A very quick post to share the exciting news that Robbie Arnott’s Limberlost is on the 2023 Dylan Thomas Prize longlist!

Congratulations Robbie!

If you want to see a review of the book that has a picture of That Boat in it, see mine here. (And yes, I did tell you so…)

  • Limberlost by Robbie Arnott (Atlantic Books) – novel (Australia)
  • Seven Steeples by Sara Baume (Tramp Press) – novel (Ireland)
  • God’s Children Are Little Broken Things by Arinze Ifeakandu (Orion, Weidenfeld & Nicolson) – short story collection (Nigeria)
  • Maps Of Our Spectacular Bodies by Maddie Mortimer (Picador, Pan Macmillan) – novel (UK)
  • Phantom Gang by Ciaran O’Rourke (The Irish Pages Press) – poetry collection (Ireland)
  • Things They Lost by Okwiri Oduor (Oneworld) – novel (Kenya)
  • Losing the Plot by Derek Owusu (Canongate Books) – novel (UK)
  • I’m a Fan by Sheena Patel (Rough Trade Books) – novel (UK)
  • Send Nudes by Saba Sams (Bloomsbury Publishing) – short story collection (UK)
  • Bless the Daughter Raised by a Voice in Her Head by Warsan Shire (Chatto & Windus) – poetry collection (Somalia-UK)
  • Briefly, A Delicious Life by Nell Stevens (Picador, Pan Macmillan) – novel (UK)
  • No Land to Light On by Yara Zgheib (Atlantic Books, Allen & Unwin) – novel (Lebanon)


  1. Can’t wait to read this. I think I’ve scheduled it for my group’s February read. How great for Arnott.


    • The international exposure is terrific, and well deserved.

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  2. I saw this news mentioned on Instagram earlier. Important to mention that this Wales-based prize is open to published writers, anywhere in the world, under the age of 40 writing fiction in the English language. Poetry, novels, short stories and drama are all eligible.


    • Yes, and that makes it all the more interesting because so many of the other nominees are from Africa or the African diaspora.

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  3. I have it here and like Sue want to read it but our book group might read it this next year. I’m waiting for the list that we might get in March. If it is not in that list I’ll go ahead. Everyone I know who’s read it loves it.


    • I still can’t get over it not being nominated for the Vic Premier’s LitAwards. I really think that they have lost the plot when they don’t recognise a significant novel like Limberlost.

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  4. What a well-deserved nomination. ‘Limberlost’ is beautiful! Thanks again for your review, or I might have missed it.


  5. Just in the process of writing my review for Limberlost – I loved it (and I reckon it’s one of those books that will pop up on school curriculum lists – so much in it).


    • Yes indeed, as you will find out as you struggle with the review. What to include? What to leave out? It is so rich with meaning, it’s a masterclass in expressing thought and feeling.


  6. […] mentioned to Lisa at ANZ Litlovers that I was in the process of writing my review of Limberlost, and she replied, “What to […]


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