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Gordon Burn Prize Longlist 2022

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The Gordon Burn Prize celebrates writing outside of the mainstream, covering ‘both fiction and non-fiction, awarding works that are fearless in their ambition and execution, often pushing boundaries, crossing genres, or otherwise challenging readers’ expectations.’  The winner of this year’s prize will be announced on 13 October at the Durham Book Festival.

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'When my family emigrated it felt as if we'd been stood on our heads.'Michelle de Kretser's electrifying take on scary monsters turns the novel upside down - just as migration has upended her characters' lives.Lyle works for a sinister…

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'In this folksy, magnetic tale, two outsiders seek healing and enlightenment by creating crop formations in a Wiltshire field ... A memorable hymn to beauty' OBSERVER…

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'Confirms Tom Benn as one of the most powerful and urgent writers of our times' DAVID PEACE, author of the RED RIDING QUARTET…

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‘The book that everyone will be talking about this year: a staggering work of honesty, empathy and humanity, wholly unlike anything else you will have read’ Terri WhiteOn the evening of Halloween in 2015, Morgan Hehir was…

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A celebration of companionship in all its timeless and contemporary, legendary and unpindownable, spellbinding and shapeshifting forms...It follows the unique achievement of her Seasonal cycle of novels - Autumn, Winter,…

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Usman Khan was convicted of terrorism-related offenses at age 20, and sent to high-security prison. He was released eight years later, and allowed to travel to London for one day, to attend an event marking the fifth anniversary of a prison…

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‘Magical and transporting . . . Wayward proves that Bunyan has lived the best possible life, on her own idiosyncratic terms’Maggie O’Farrell‘A gorgeous account of outsiderness and survival: a map of how to…

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The brilliant novelisation of the life of Uriah Rennie, the Premier League’s first and only Black referee.‘It’s a double celebration tonight, not that many will care about your special role. You carry the weight of the…

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In this intimate and innovative memoir, Pulitzer prize-winning author Margo Jefferson gives us her own personal and intellectual formation.As she comes of age in an America whose freedoms are distorted by race and gender, she finds herself…

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*SHORTLISTED FOR THE BAILLIE GIFFORD PRIZE FOR NON-FICTION*'Like an Albanian Educated but so much more. . . Funny, moving but also deadly serious' David RuncimanAn engrossing, unforgettable story of coming of age amid political upheaval'I…

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LONGLISTED FOR THE BOOKER PRIZE 2022“A page-turning blast, funny, sinister and perfectly plotted … Rarely has being constantly wrong-footed been so much fun.” James Walton, The Times“Very funny ……

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