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The Illinois-born author wins this year’s prize for “fiction at its most novel” with her 1,000-page epic.
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
Isabel Waidner on their Goldsmiths-shortlisted novel We Are Made Of Diamond Stuff, marginalised writers, and the Isle of Wight.
Mark Haddon on his Goldsmiths-shortlisted novel The Porpoise, the beauty of Ordnance Survey maps, and why Shakespeare’s Pericles is “a pretty dreadful play”.
Lucy Ellmann on her Goldsmiths Prize-winning novel Ducks, Newburyport, the female experience and scaring “the shit out of” her readers.
Deborah Levy on her Goldsmiths Prize-shortlisted novel The Man Who Saw Everything, freedom of movement and the Beatles.
Amy Arnold on her Goldsmiths-shortlisted novel Slip of a Fish, science and fiction, and testing the limits of her readers’ empathy.
Vesna Main on her Goldsmiths-shortlisted novel Good Day?, blurring fiction and non-fiction, and why the classic realist novel doesn’t resonate with her.
We can try to bend the novel to fit our politics or culture, but it will always go its own way, making itself anew.
Alongside books by Deborah Levy and Mark Haddon, the prize for "literature at its most novel" has chosen politically engaged works from independent publishers for its 2019 shortlist.