The Green Carnation Prize Longlist 2012

One of the joys of blogging was meeting lots of new people and getting very excited about books. Three years ago along with Paul Magrs, Nick Campbell and joined by Lesley Cookman I started on an exciting new venture co-founding a prize for LGBT literature of all kinds which eventually, after a small glitch with the initial name, was called The Green Carnation Prize. Well just over three years later the prize has changed a little bit yet the current team of judges, and one is an old ropey judge who refuses to leave, has brought you a very exciting longlist of thirteen books which are…

  • Carry The One – Carol Anshaw (Penguin)
  • Are You My Mother? – Alison Bechdel (Jonathan Cape)
  • Ninety Days – Bill Clegg (Jonathan Cape)
  • The Purple Shroud – Stella Duffy (Virago)
  • Absolution – Patrick Flanery (Atlantic Books)
  • A Perfectly Good Man – Patrick Gale (4th Estate)
  • Scenes From An Early Life – Philip Hensher (4th Estate)
  • Tony Hogan Bought Me An Ice Cream Before He Stole Me Ma – Kerry Hudson (Chatto & Windus)
  • Snake Ropes – Jess Richards (Sceptre)
  • Hawthorn & Child – Keith Ridgway (Granta Books)
  • Valentine Grey – Sandi Toksvig (Virago)
  • Moffie – Andre Carl Van Der Merwe (Europa Editions)
  • Jack Holmes and his Friend – Edmund White (Bloomsbury)

It is nice to be able to share at least the titles of some of the books that I have been secretly reading away over the past few months. Alas, I can’t tell you exactly what I thought of these thirteen because there is the short listing and the winning announcement to go, but it might be time to start telling you about some of the amazing books that didn’t make the longlist this year… because that is how good the submitted books were this year.

Always keen to get in on the act, a certain Oscar cat is now casting his eyes over the selected few and will be accompanying me in some re-reading. However I think I might have a week of reading just what I fancy first.

So what do you think of the list? Have you read any of them? What do you think might make the shortlist? Are there any you are surprised not to see? Are you going to give any of them a whirl? All thoughts, as always, most welcome.

Full details and thoughts from all the judges, and updates over the next few weeks, on the Green Carnation Prize can be found on the website.


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14 responses to “The Green Carnation Prize Longlist 2012

  1. Sorry, but that ‘Tony Hogan Bought Me an Icecream…’ title must be one of the worst I have ever heard. I know there’s been a bit of a trend for longer titles in the past ten years or so, but this is taking it to extremes. Is it a comedy at least (as the title suggests)?

    • I have to say I agree with you on the title, but I think it does stick in your head (if for the wrong reasons initially) and its one you are unlikely to forget and people need ways of highlighting debut novels, well novels full stop.

  2. The only two I’ve read already (and reviewed) are by Bechdel and Anshaw; both are wonderful. The longlist has alerted me to new titles by authors I love (Gale and Duffy) as well as new authors. I’m particularly interested in Absolution (because reviews compare Flanery to Coetzee, and use the words “atmospheric” and “shifting perspectives”) and Snake Ropes (for the comparisons to Angela Carter and Atwood, and because I read the opening lines and was immediately attracted to Mary’s voice).

  3. All but the Gale are a mystery to me and A Perfectly Good Man is one I will be reading after hearing the author interviewed on Books And Arts Daily which is a radio program here in Australia. Very intigued as to the quirky title by Kerry Hogan. I have to admit this prize is not familiar but I do love the discussion these lists create as they go through to the final stage when a winner is announced.

    • I think the job of any prize longlist is to fnd some great reads, interestingly though until the shortlist there are no definite contenders as every year I have judged this prize so far the longlist contains a mixed bag of different judges favourites. The shortlist will be announced on Tuesday and it looks to be a corker as the longlist was so strong this year.

  4. The only author I really know anything about is Sandy Toksvig. So my interest there is a bit biased, but having seen her on television I wouldn’t mind reading her work.

  5. David

    It’s really exciting to have the longlist and I’m looking forward to getting reading. The only one I’ve read so far is Patrick Gale’s. I absolutely loved it. He gets better and better with each book.

    • I went off Patrick Gale after Rough Music and I don’t know why, however in the last few years I have started to think that maybe I was too young for him and didn’t quite get it all at the time. I will have to go back and read some of his older books next year when I have a Green Carnation break if all goes to plan.

  6. Haven’t read any of these, so can’t really offer up our views of who may make the shortlist! Sandi Toksvig is great – wasn’t aware of this book so may well take a look…

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