For the first time in the prizes history the judges announce two winners in a tie as Patrick Gale and André Carl Van Der Merwe become joint winners of The Green Carnation Prize 2012.
Patrick Gale’s ‘A Perfectly Good Man’ is his sixteenth novel, a story of the moral dilemmas of a Cornish priest and his family and looks at what makes people good or bad. André Carl Van Der Merwe’s debut novel ‘Moffie’ is a tale of coming out in South Africa in the military during some of the country’s most turbulent times.
Chair of the judges Rodney Troubridge said “I’m glad to see two novels win the Green Carnation Prize… from a much loved author, Patrick Gale, a challenging tale of moral choices and a visceral debut of love and prejudice from South Africa…” Fellow judges Katie Allen, website editor of The Bookseller and We Love This Book said “”It was really exciting to be part of a judging panel where we loved the books so much we had to declare a tie. These are very different books, but both true winners in different ways – Gale’s novel is a masterpiece of characterisation and plotting, while Moffie reveals the often devastating consequences of being gay- reverberations of which can still be felt across the world today.” Dom Agius, photographer and DJ, said “The winning titles shared one thing more than any other, repeated reads revealed ever more. The decision to tie the 2012 prize says everything about this year’s submissions. No so much a coalition compromise, just a wealth of really great books.”
Last year’s winner Catherine Hall was delighted to pass the award over two both winners “Two such very different books, one a debut, the other a sixteenth novel. A coming out story about the horrors of the South African army and an exploration of the moral dilemmas of a Cornish priest and his family. Both beautifully written and utterly gripping – which is why I’m delighted they’re this year’s winners of The Green Carnation prize.” Co-founder and Honorary Director of the prize, journalist and blogger Simon Savidge, said he adored the winners and also wanted to praise the runners up “It has been a fantastic standard of writing this year, showing just how important this prize, which some people may say is niche, is not just to LGBT people but to readers in general. Our joint winners are utterly fantastic books and so were all the shortlisted books. Edmund White has written his written what I think will be looked at as one of his finest books, Philip Hensher does something unique in writing with his fictionalisation of his partners memoirs, Carol Anshaw makes a gripping an compelling novel about the ripples of things we have done in the past and Kerry Hudson has written one of the most promising debuts we have read in some time, its human, funny, heartbreaking and current.”
About The Prize
The Green Carnation Prize got off to a great start in 2010 as an award that celebrated the best fiction and memoirs by gay men. It provoked debate, produced an intriguing shortlist and chose a worthy winner in Christopher Fowler’s Paperboy. In 2011 the prize came back even bigger and better opening its doors to all LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) writers. It was won by Catherine Hall for her second novel ‘The Proof of Love’.
The Green Carnation Prize will be back for 2013 with judges, submission guidelines and dates in January 2013.