To enjoy all the benefits of our website
Our friends and contributors choose their favourite reading of 2019.
Before the announcement of the winner this evening, read our verdict on the six books shortlisted for this year's prize.
Lucy Ellmann has been awarded this year’s Goldsmiths Prize, in association with the New Statesman, for her 1,000-page novel Ducks, Newburyport. Judge Anna Leszkiewicz explains why it won
The Illinois-born author wins this year’s prize for “fiction at its most novel” with her 1,000-page epic.
Lucy Ellmann on her Goldsmiths-shortlisted novel Ducks, Newburyport, the female experience and scaring “the shit out of” her readers.
How Margaret Thatcher consolidated her power – not thanks to the Falklands War, but because of an opposition that underestimated her.
The prose in The Offing is baroque and proudly old-fashioned, the antithesis of Sally Rooney-style sparseness.
We have many reasons to trust science. Whether or not we find the political will to heed its warnings is another question.
Tim Mohr’s history of East German punk is full of vivid characters and raging teenagers.
In Isabel Waidner’s Goldsmiths Prize-shortlisted novel, Reebok is discussed along with Robert Rauschenberg, commas enable syntactical flow, and genders blur or disappear.