The Goldsmiths Prize announces its first winner

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14 November 2013
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imports_WRI_0-o84kdxyv-100000_04487.jpg The Goldsmiths Prize announces its first winner
Eimear McBride has won the new literary prize for boldly original fiction for A Girl is a Half-formed Thing ...
Eimear McBride has won the new literary prize for boldly original fiction for A Girl is a Half-formed Thing
The £10,000 prize was set up in association with the New Statesman to recognise fiction that opens up new possibilities in novel writing.
Eimear's winning book was rejected ten years go by major publishers for being too experimental, but found a home earlier this year with UK indie Galley Beggar Press.
'There was a long time when I thought I would never have this book published, and I felt quite depressed about the state of publishing as a result,' said Eimear. 'To have a prize like this is a really wonderful thing to encourage writers to be adventurous, to continue to be adventurous, to encourage publishers to be adventurous, and readers to be adventurous.'
Chair of judges Tim Parnell said: 'Boldly original and utterly compelling, Eimear McBride’s A Girl is a Half-formed Thing is just the kind of book the Goldsmiths Prize was created to celebrate, and we are delighted to have found such a remarkable novel in the award’s inaugural year.'


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