Literary prizes don’t start and end with the Booker: from the inventive literary fireworks of the Goldsmiths Prize to visiting nature with the Wainwright Prize, there are awards that highlight all kinds of great writing.
Here are some particularly winning books...
Mrs Death Misses Death
Salena Godden£14.99 £14.24
Shortlisted for the Gordon Burn Prize, Mrs Death Misses Death is an intoxicating debut novel about Death herself, and her friendship with a young writer.
The Shadow King: SHORTLISTED FOR THE BOOKER PRIZE 2020
Maaza Mengiste£9.99 £9.49
Shortlisted for the Booker Prize this year, The Shadow King is a compelling story of women at war, set during the Italian invasion of Ethiopia. ‘Unforgettable’ The Times ‘A masterpiece’ Washington Post
Life Of Pi
Yann Martel£9.99 £9.49
The biggest-selling Booker winner ever, Yann Martel’s fable about a tiger and a boy trapped together on a small boat at sea has become one of the best loved novels of the past twenty years.
Will Eaves£8.99 £8.54
Winner of the Wellcome Prize and the Republic of Consciousness Prize, shortlisted for the Goldsmiths Prize, Murmur is an inventive, audacious imaginative achievement, drawing from the true story of Alan Turing’s final years.
The Garden of Evening Mists
Tan Twan Eng£9.99 £9.49
Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, winner of the Man Asian Literary Prize and Winner of the Walter Scott Prize, this is a book of richness, power and incredible beauty.
Mike McCormack£8.99 £8.54
Winner of the Goldsmiths Prize, Solar Bones is a prodigiously brilliant literary achievement: a whole life captured over the course of a single hour.
Get in Trouble: Stories
Kelly Link£9.99 £9.49
Kelly Link’s awards for her short stories are too many to list – a Shirley Jackson Award, Locus, Nebula and Hugo Awards, on and on... Get in Trouble was also a Pulitzer Prize finalist, and Kelly herself a recipient of the MacArthur 'Genius' Grant.
Stay With Me
Ayobami Adebayo£9.99 £9.49
Shortlisted for both the Women’s Prize and the Wellcome Prize, is a heart-rending and powerful novel about love and desparation: an incredible debut.
Amy Liptrot£10.99 £10.44
Winner of the Pen Ackerley Prize and the Wainwright Prize, shortlisted for the Ondaatje Prize and the Wellcome Prize, The Outrun is a new classic of nature writing and memoir.
Victor LaValle£8.99 £8.54
Winner of the World Fantasy Award for Best Novel and both the Locus Award and British Fantasy Award for Best Horror. A mesmerising, beautifully woven tale of a man’s journey through legends and strangeness in search of his wife and child, who are themselves not at all as he imagined.
The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone
Olivia Laing£10.99 £10.44
Shortlisted for the Gordon Burn Prize and a book of the year in the Observer, Guardian, Telegraph, Irish Times, New Statesman and more, Olivia Laing explores loneliness in art and life.
Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking
Samin Nosrat and Wendy MacNaughton£36.00 £34.20
If you only know the delightful Samin Nosrat through her Netflix series, you should immediately get her book, which won Winner the Fortnum & Mason Best Debut Food Book award, and was a Sunday Times Food Book of the Year.