The Green Carnation Prize Shortlist 2011

Over a month after announcing the wonderfully varied Green Carnation Longlist 2011 the judges have spent over a day discussing the titles that make the shortlist. Patricia Duncker, Catherine Hall, Jackie Kay, Bob Smith, Zoe Strachan and Colm Toibin make up the shortlist of six titles for the prizes second year.

Chair of the judges for 2011, and co-founding member of the prize, Simon Savidge said “Firstly I want to say what an incredible longlist of books we had this year, it certainly made for some interesting and and passionate discussion over the last twenty-four hours. I think we as a panel have chosen six incredible reads and a shortlist where each one of these titles could easily win… which of course makes the job of picking one final winner all the more difficult.”

  • The Strange Case of the Composer and his Judge – Patricia Duncker (Bloomsbury)
  • The Proof of Love – Catherine Hall (Portobello)
  • Red Dust Road – Jackie Kay (Picador)
  • Remembrance of Things I Forgot – Bob Smith (Terrace Books)
  • Ever Fallen in Love – Zoe Strachan (Sandstone Press)
  • The Empty Family – Colm Toibin (Penguin Books)

Last year’s chair and co-founder author Paul Magrs said after the deliberations “We’ve arrived at last at our top six! I think these titles demonstrate a brilliant range of genres, forms and styles. Go and read them at once! I think you’ll find new all-time favourites amongst these.” Blogger Nick Campbell, who has also been with the prize both years, said “these are books to make you miss your bus-stop. Each had its own surprises and seductions, and I can’t wait to press copies upon friends, relatives and casual acquaintances.”

The award keeps a judge, or two, from previous years as a form of continuity, author Stella Duffy who joined this years panel said “I love that these books cross genre and gender, that the choices range through memoir, novel and short story – an excellently eclectic list.”

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