Jessie Greengrass’s SIGHT shortlisted for James Tait Black Prize

An appealing mix of books illuminating themes such as gender, identity and race form the shortlist for the centenary awards of Britain’s longest-running literary prizes.

Contenders for the James Tait Black Prizes, include a novel inspired by computing science pioneer Alan Turing and a debut novel about a woman’s journey into motherhood.

The other nominated titles are a novel about personal relationships in the midst of political turmoil, and a collection of short stories exploring black identity in America.

Shortlisted titles

The four novels competing for the £10,000 fiction prize are: Murmur by Will Eaves (CB Editions); Sight by Jessie Greengrass (John Murray); Crudo by Olivia Laing (Picador); and Heads of the Colored People by Nafissa Thompson-Spires (Chatto & Windus).

The shortlist for the £10,000 biography prize includes a debut book by award-winning hip-hop artist Akala which explores issues around race and class, and a journey through the experiences of American war correspondent Marie Colvin.

Also in the running is a personal memoir about mourning and the hoarding of possessions and a biography of Christopher Columbus’s illegitimate son, Hernando Columbus, who sailed the world to collect books and prints.

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