The Goldsmiths Prize 2016

Fiction at its most novel

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The Goldsmiths Prize was established in 2013 to celebrate the qualities of creative daring associated with the University and to reward fiction that breaks the mould or extends the possibilities of the novel form. The annual prize of £10,000 is awarded to a book that is deemed genuinely novel and which embodies the spirit of invention that characterizes the genre at its best. 

2016 Winner:
Solar Bones by Mike McCormack

Professor Blake Morrison, Chair of Judges, on Solar Bones

"Politics, family, art, marriage, health, civic duty and the environment are just a few of the themes it touches on, in a prose that’s lyrical yet firmly rooted. Its subject may be an ordinary working life but it is itself an extraordinary work." 

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The Goldsmiths Writers' Centre in association with the New Statesman presents:

Mike McCormack reading from Solar Bones and in conversation with Professor Blake Morrison
25 January 2017, 6.30pm

George Saunders reading from his novel, Lincoln in the Bardo, and in conversation with Erica Wagner
15 March 2017, 7.00pm

The full shortlist


About the shortlist

‘Innovative novels used to suffer from the stigma of ‘difficulty’ but one thing we’ve learned since the Goldsmiths Prize was launched four years ago is what a large and responsive readership they reach. The six books on this year’s shortlist have a wide range of subject matter and idiom but all show the same desire to push boundaries and take risks. Dark areas are explored with a lightness of touch. And serious themes broached (love, sexuality, family, ageing, physical illness, mental distress) with no loss of humour or irony. Narrowed down from an entry of 111 titles, it’s a list the judges arrived at without rancour or compromise, and one that demonstrates the healthy state of British and Irish fiction today.’ Professor Blake Morrison, Chair of Judges.

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The Goldsmith Prize App for iOS

Download the app to read information on all the nominated books, watch interivews and readings, explore the fresco that lies at the heart of Ali Smith's 2014 winner How to be Both, and see pages from the manuscript and first draft of Eimear McBride's A Girl is a Half-formed Thing.

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