Green Carnation Winner Announced
22nd May 2017
David France's insider account of the AIDS epidemic, How to Survive a Plague: The Story of How Activists and Scientists Tamed AIDS, has been declared the unanimous winner of the Green Carnation Prize, announced this evening at a ceremony hosted by Foyles.
The third non-fiction winner in the Prize's seven-year history, France's book was up against a shortlist that also featured Stella Duffy, Garth Greenwell, Kirsty Logan and Kei Miller. First released as a film in 2012, How to Survive a Plague was dedicated to France's partner Doug Gould, who died of AIDS-related pneumonia in 1992, and went on to be nominated for best documentary in the 2013 Academy Awards.
Chair of judges, author John Boyne said, 'In this time of renewed activism in an increasingly uncertain world, France's definitive account of the AIDS crisis and the activists who changed the fate of so many lives, seems vital and important to inspire everyone, not just the LGBTQ+ community. We couldn't be prouder to choose this book as the rightful winner.'
Simon Heafield, Head of Marketing at Foyles, said 'I'm so glad to have another excuse to recommend David France's magnificent book to Foyles readers. This essential and inspirational account of one of the darkest periods of recent history is also a breathtakingly riveting read, full of unforgettable characters. This is arguably one of the most important books published in 2016, and a very deserving winner.'
Last year's winner was Marlon James for his novel, A Brief History of Seven Killings.