Jessica Andrews’ ‘Saltwater’ has been longlisted for the Portico Prize 2019.
The Portico Prize Longlist of 17 books explores the myriad themes of identity, belonging, gender, class and the meaning of place – all connected by the spirit of the North.
This year’s list includes six debut novels and ten independent publishers, and spans fiction, creative non-fiction, memoir, poetry, place writing, biography, a graphic history and travel writing.
This long list:
The One who Wrote Destiny — Nikesh Shukla
Black Teeth and a Brilliant Smile — Adelle Stripe
Ironopolis — Glen James Brown
Gentleman Jack — Angela Steidele
The Boy with the Perpetual Nervousness — Graham Caveney
Lowborn — Kerry Hudson
Black Car Burning — Helen Mort
Us — Zaffar Kunial
2020 — Kenneth Steven
Saltwater — Jessica Andrews
Mancunia — Michael Symmons Roberts
Under the Rock — Benjamin Myers
Zebra — Ian Humphreys
Long Road from Jarrow — Stuart Maconie
Once described as ‘the Booker of the North’, The Portico Prize awards £10,000 to the book that best evokes the spirit of the North of England. The biennial prize is the UK’s only award of its kind, and accepts submissions across all formats including fiction, non-fiction and poetry.
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