We could not be more thrilled to announce that Midland by Honor Gavin has been longlisted for the Gordon Burn Prize 2015, alongside literary superstars Martin Amis and Hilary Mantel.
Midland is Honor Gavin’s debut – and our first full-length novel – and tells the stories of three working women as they fight to find their feet amidst the accumulated rubble of the twentieth century. Set in an unnamed yet ever-present city, Midland has been described as ‘the Great Birmingham Novel’ by Gary Perry, fiction buyer at Foyles.
The Gordon Burn Prize rewards writing that ’embodies the spirit and sensibility of Gordon Burn’s own bold and innovative literary methods‘, and it is apt that a book that stretches the form of the novel has been recognised. On the news of her longlisting, Honor Gavin described herself as ‘Super happy and proud’, adding ‘Now I am going to the pub.’
The shortlist for the £5,000 prize will be announced in August. Read the press release from New Writing North for more details.
Martin Amis: The Zone of Interest (Vintage)
Dan Davies: In Plain Sight: The Life and Lies of Jimmy Savile (Quercus)
Sam Delaney: Mad Men and Bad Men: What Happened when British Politics met Advertising (Faber and Faber)
Paul Ewen: Francis Plug: How To Be A Public Author (Galley Beggar Press)
Honor Gavin: Midland (Penned in the Margins)
Romesh Guneskera: Noon Tide Toll (Granta Books)
Richard King: Original Rockers (Faber and Faber)
Hilary Mantel: The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher: Stories (Fourth Estate)
Scott McCloud: The Sculptor (Self Made Hero)
Peter Pomerantsev: Nothing is True and Everything is Possible (Faber and Faber)
Simon Rich: Spoiled Brats (Serpent’s Tail)
Sarah Thornton: 33 Artists in 3 Acts (Granta Books)