Giller Prize longlist announced

For 6 months, I’ve been adopting an increasingly large and innovative number of reading positions in order to physically sustain my reading habits, and do justice to the 161 novels and story collections submitted to the Scotiabank Giller Prize. It’s been a long, wild, illuminating, exhausting ride and today the longlist of 12 is announced.

We, the 5 judges, are pretty excited by the eccentric list we’ve drawn up; it’s heartfelt, reflects our collective and individual passions and pays no heed to conformity for conformity’s sake. There are books that it pained us to leave off the list; there’s nothing easy about narrowing 161 to 12. To all 161 authors, thanks – how honoured I am to have read your work and got to know books I’d have not known otherwise.

The Giller Prize 2016

I’m really honoured to be one of the five judges for this year’s Giller Prize, along with Lawrence Hill, Jeet Heer, Alan Warner and Kathleen Winter. Soon to start reading a literal shed-load of books.


Edinburgh Festival 2015

With Petina Gappah and Lee Randall at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, August 2015

Ed 2015

Wilderness Festival

Samantha Harvey Evie Wyld

With Alex Clark and Evie Wyld at the Wilderness Festival on 8th August, ably settling all dispute on the topic ‘What is Fiction For’

Wilderness Aug 8 2105

The Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize

Dear Thief was one of the 15 books to be longlisted for the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize

Longlist JFUP 2015

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