News | December 15, 2014

The Folio Prize Announces 2015 Nominations

London, UK, December 14, 2014—THE FOLIO PRIZE, sponsored by The Folio Society, has revealed the 80 books nominated by the Folio Prize Academy for consideration by this year's Folio Prize judges. These are the 80 works of fiction published in the UK in 2014 that, in the eyes of the 235 writers and critics who constitute the Academy, are the best of the year.  

The Folio Prize Academy's role in selecting these 80 books is integral to the prize’s innovative peer review process. As an international body of writers and critics immersed in the world of books, the Academy is uniquely positioned to identify the most outstanding writing of our time.

The Folio Prize recognises and celebrates the best English language fiction from around the world, published in the United Kingdom in any given year regardless of form, genre or the author’s country of origin. Today's announcement of the list of 80 nominations from The Folio Prize Academy shines a light on the very best storytelling published in the UK in 2014. 

Chair of judges William Fiennes comments:

“The list of nominations for this year’s Folio Prize is both daunting and exhilarating. It’s not just that the list has such range and richness. Reading the books, it’s as if we’re eavesdropping on a marvellous conversation about what a novel is and might be.”

Andrew Kiddfounder of The Folio Prize, says:

“We are delighted to announce this list of nominations from The Folio Prize Academy. The Folio Prize seeks to recognise and reward excellence, and the judges now have the exciting task of creating a shortlist from this selection of 80 outstanding books."

The 80 books nominated by The Folio Prize Academy this year are:

TITLE; Author; Publisher

10:04; Lerner, Ben; Granta

A God In Every Stone; Shamsie, Kamila; Bloomsbury Publishing

Academy Street; Costello, Mary; Canongate

After Me Comes The Flood; Perry, Sarah; Serpent's Tail

All My Puny Sorrows; Toews, Miriam; Faber & Faber

All Our Names; Mengistu, Dinaw; Sceptre

All The Days And Nights; Govinden, Niven; The Friday Project

All The Light We Cannot See; Doerr, Anthony; 4th Estate

All The Rage; Kennedy, AL; Jonathan Cape

Amnesia; Carey, Peter; Faber & Faber

Annihilation; Vandermeer, Jeff; 4th Estate

Arctic Summer; Galgut, Damon; Atlantic Books

Bald New World; Tieryas Liu, Peter; John Hunt Publishing

Bark; Moore, Lorrie; Faber & Faber

Be Safe I Love You; Hoffman, Cara; Virago

Boy, Snow, Bird; Oyeyemi, Helen; Picador

Can't & Won't; Davis, Lydia; Hamish Hamilton

Dear Thief; Harvey, Samantha; Jonathan Cape

Dept. of Speculation; Offill, Jenny; Granta

Dissident Gardens; Lethem, Jonathan; Jonathan Cape

Dust; Owuor, Yvonne Adhiambo; Granta

Em And The Big Hoom; Pinto, Jerry; Viking

England And Other Stories; Swift, Graham; Simon & Schuster

Euphoria; King, Lily; Picador

Everland; Hunt, Rebecca; Fig Tree

Eyriel Winton, Tim; Picador

Family Life; Sharma, Akhil; Faber & Faber

Fourth Of July Creek; Henderson, Smith; William Heinemann

How To Be Both; Smith, Ali; Hamish Hamilton

In Search Of Solace; Mackie, Emily; Sceptre

In The Approaches; Barker, Nicola; 4th Estate

In The Light Of What We Know; Rahman, Zia Haider; Picador

J; Jacobson, Howard; Jonathan Cape

Kinder Than Solitude; Li, Yiyun; 4th Estate

Lila; Robinson, Marilynne; Virago

Life Drawing; Black, Robin; Picador

Lost For Words; St Aubyn, Edward; Picador

Love And Treasure; Waldman, Ayelet; Two Roads

Nora Webster; Toibin, Colm; Viking

On Such A Full Sea; Lee, Chang-Rae; Little, Brown 

Orfeo; Powers, Richard; Atlantic Books

Outline; Cusk, Rachel; Faber & Faber

Perfidia; Ellroy, James; William Heinemann

Road Ends; Lawson, Mary; Chatto & Windus

Shark; Self, Will; Viking

Some Luck; Smiley, Jane; Mantle

Stay Up With Me; Barbash, Tom; Simon & Schuster

Stone Mattress; Atwood, Margaret; Bloomsbury Publishing

The Ballad Of A Small Player; Osborne, Lawrence; The Hogarth Press

The Bone Clocks; Mitchell, David; Sceptre

The Book Of Gold Leaves; Waheed, Mirza; Penguin

The Book Of Strange New Things; Faber, Michel; Canongate

The Country Of Icecream Star; Newman, Sandra; Chatto & Windus

The Dog; O'Neill, Joseph; 4th Estate

The Emerald Light In The Air; Antrim, Donald; Granta

The Emperor Waltz; Hensher, Philip; 4th Estate

The Fever; Abbott, Megan; Picador

The Heroes' Welcome; Young, Louisa; Harper Collins

The Incarnations; Barker, Susan; Doubleday 

The Lie; Dunmore, Helen; Hutchinson

The Lives Of Others; Mukherjee, Neel; Chatto & Windus

The Narrow Road To The Deep North; Flanagan, Richard; Chatto & Windus

The Night Guest; McFarlane, Fiona; Sceptre

The Paying Guests; Waters, Sarah; Virago

The Tell-Tale Heart; Dawson, Jill; Sceptre

The Temporary Gentleman; Barry, Sebastian; Faber & Faber

The Wake; Kingsnorth, Paul; Unbound

The Zone Of Interest; Amis, Martin; Jonathan Cape

Their Lips Talk Of Mischief; Warner, Alan; Faber & Faber

Thunderstruck; McCracken, Elizabeth; Jonathan Cape

To Rise Again At A Decent Hour; Ferris, Joshua; Viking

Travelling Sprinkler; Baker, Nicholson; Serpent's Tail

Upstairs At The Party; Grant, Linda; Virago

Viper Wine; Eyre, Hermione; Jonathan Cape

Virginia Woolf In Manhattan; Gee, Maggie; Telegram Books

We Are Not Ourselves; Thomas, Matthew; 4th Estate

What You Want; Phipps, Constantine; Quercus

Wittgenstein; Iyer, Lars; Melville House

Young Skins; Barrett, Colin; Jonathan Cape

Your Fathers, Where Are They?...; Eggers, Dave; Hamish Hamilton

The shortlist for of eight titles will be announced on February 9, 2015, and the winner of The Folio Prize will be announced on Monday, March 23 at a ceremony at the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel in central London. The inaugural prize was awarded to the American writer George Saunders for his widely acclaimed collection of short stories, Tenth of December.