The Green Carnation Prize
The Green Carnation Prize honours the best in fiction and memoir by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender writers worldwide, including works in translation.
The prize was born when journalist and blogger Simon Savidge saw a tweet by the author Paul Magrs bemoaning the lack of a literary award for gay men; a panel for the first year's judging was swiftly assembled.
In the first year, Christopher Fowler's memoir, Paperboy, was declared the winner. Following a highly positive reaction, the 2011 prize was opened up to include all LGBT writers and, in 2012, to works in translation as well as original English-language titles.
The 2012 panel had such difficulty picking a winner than the declaration of the winner was delayed by six days: joint winners were eventually announced.
The 2013 winner was announced on 19th November; the judges chose Far from the Tree by Andrew Solomon, in which he introduces parents who have learned to deal with their exceptional children and find profound meaning in doing so. It features families coping with deafness, dwarfism, Down syndrome, autism, schizophrenia, disability, with children who are prodigies, who are conceived in rape, who become criminals and who are transgender.
On winning the award, Andrew Solomon commented, 'I am profoundly honored and utterly thrilled to have won this prize. When I was born, it was a crime, a sin, and a mental illness to be gay; now it is an identity, and a much celebrated one at that, as the very existence of this prize clearly demonstrates. My book is about how we can use that shift, of which gay people today are the fortunate beneficiaries, as a model for helping others with stigmatized differences to find dignity in them. I believe with all my heart in a prize that celebrates the particular contributions of gay literature, and that recognizes that human diversity, like species diversity, is necessary to sustain the world as we know and love it.'
Chris Adrian's first novel, published in the UK for the first time
OBSERVER BOOKS OF THE YEAR 2012 LONGLISTED FOR THE DSC PRIZE FOR SOUTH ASIAN LITERATURE...
A. M. Homes
'This novel starts at maximum force -- and then it really gets going. I can't remember when I last read a novel of such narrative intensity; an unflinching account of...
An astonishing landmark novel in four books, The Kills is both a political thriller and a bravura literary performance. Longlisted for the 2013 Man Booker Prize.
28th April 1870. The flamboyantly dressed Miss Fanny Park and Miss Stella Boulton are causing a stir in the Strand Theatre. All eyes are riveted upon their lascivious oglings of...
Tells stories of parents who learn to deal with their exceptional children and find profound meaning in doing so. This book explores themes of generosity, acceptance and tolerance - and...
2012 A Perfectly Good Man by Patrick Gale AND Moffie by André Carl Van Der Merwe
2011 The Proof of Love by Catherine Hall
2010 Paperboy by Christopher Fowler