The character of a literary prize is best revealed by the books it celebrates. Our winners and shortlistees thus embody the spirit of the Goldsmiths Prize. But the prize is still in its infancy and there is a long and rich tradition of daring and innovative fiction that has had less attention than it deserves, so we thought we’d run a hypothetical, ‘fantasy’ prize alongside the real one. We asked our judges, nominees, winners and friends to select a novel by any British or Irish writer published since 1759 on which they would like, hypothetically, to confer the Goldsmiths Prize in retrospect. Here are the 'winners' to date.