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The Green Carnation Prize


Green CarnationThe Green Carnation Prize honours the best in fiction and memoir by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender writers worldwide, including works in translation. Since 2014, the award has been presented in association with Foyles, with the award ceremony and supporting events to be hosted at our flagship store.

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 judges for the 2015 award were:

The 2015 longlist was announced on 8th October, followed by the shortlist on 12th November. The winner, announced at Foyles on 8th December, is A Brief History in Seven Killings by Marlon James.

Chair of the judges, Niven Govinden said, 'We were bowled over by both the ambition of this novel and its sheer visceral power. A story that crosses Jamaica and America, spanning decades and voices; fiction embedded in historical fact; that explores complex webs of crime, politics and power, unspoken truths of desire and sexuality, and the rare messianic hold that singers can have on the collective consciousness; never feeling anything less than urgent, vital and alive.'

Simon Heafield, Marketing Manager for Foyles, said, 'Ever since the first advance proofs of A Brief History of Seven Killings arrived we knew it was a very special book indeed. Having championed it from day one we're delighted that winning the Green Carnation Prize gives us another reason to press Marlon James's important novel into readers' hands.'

 

 

2015 shortlist

Stammered Songbook: A Mother's Book ...
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Erwin Mortier; Clare Skeats; Paul...
 
'My mother, a house that is slowly collapsing, a bridge dancing to a tremor.' It started when she could no longer remember the word for 'book'. Then her mind, her...
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Sophie and the Sibyl: A Victorian...
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Patricia Duncker
 
Berlin, September 1872. The Duncker brothers, Max and Wolfgang, own a thriving publishing business in the city. Clever, irresponsible Max is as fond of gambling and...
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A Brief History of Seven Killings
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Marlon James
Set against the backdrop of 1970s reggae culture, disco, sex and excess comes this remarkable re-imagining of the attempted assassination of Bob Marley
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Mrs Engels
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Gavin McCrea
From the bathing huts of Ramsgate to the hovels of Soho, from a surreptitious life in Manchester to a notorious one on the handsome new parade that is London's Regents...
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A Place Called Winter
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Patrick Gale
 
If you've never read a Patrick Gale, stop now and pick up this book. From the author of the bestselling NOTES FROM AN EXHIBITION comes an irresistible, searching and poignant...
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2015 longlist

Blood Relatives
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Stevan Alcock
 
An incredible debut novel: a coming of age tale set against the backdrop of the Yorkshire Ripper murders, 'full of daring, authenticity and wit' (Rachel Cusk).
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Deep Lane
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Mark Doty
 
Offers a book of descents: into the earth beneath the garden, into the dark substrata of a life. This book includes poems that seek repair, finally, through the possibilities that...
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Sophie and the Sibyl: A Victorian...
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(Hardback)
Patricia Duncker
 
Berlin, September 1872. The Duncker brothers, Max and Wolfgang, own a thriving publishing business in the city. Clever, irresponsible Max is as fond of gambling and...
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£16.99
 
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Artwash: Big Oil and the Arts
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Mel Evans
 
Artwash assesses oil sponsorship of the arts in its global formations, looking at the largest international oil companies.
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A Place Called Winter
(Paperback)
Patrick Gale
 
If you've never read a Patrick Gale, stop now and pick up this book. From the author of the bestselling NOTES FROM AN EXHIBITION comes an irresistible, searching and poignant...
Delivery:
 
£8.99
 
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£8.99
 
A Brief History of Seven Killings
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(Paperback)
Marlon James
Set against the backdrop of 1970s reggae culture, disco, sex and excess comes this remarkable re-imagining of the attempted assassination of Bob Marley
Delivery:
 
£9.99
 
Click & Collect:

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£9.99
 
Mrs Engels
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(Hardback)
Gavin McCrea
From the bathing huts of Ramsgate to the hovels of Soho, from a surreptitious life in Manchester to a notorious one on the handsome new parade that is London's Regents...
Delivery:
 
£14.99
 
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£14.99
 

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Stammered Songbook: A Mother's Book ...
Foyalty72Special Offer
(Paperback)
Erwin Mortier; Clare Skeats; Paul...
 
'My mother, a house that is slowly collapsing, a bridge dancing to a tremor.' It started when she could no longer remember the word for 'book'. Then her mind, her...
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£8.99
 
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Don't Let Him Know
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Sandip Roy
 
In a boxy apartment building in an American university town, Romola Mitra, a newly arrived young bride, anxiously awaits her first letter from home in India. When she...
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Previous winners

 

2014 Any Other Mouth by Anneliese Mackintosh.

2013 Far from the Tree by Andrew Solomon

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

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