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The 2015 Folio Prize Shortlist Has Been Announced

The London-based book prize presented a pleasingly diverse list of English language novels.

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The Folio Prize, awarded each March to an outstanding novel written in the English language, has presented its 2015 shortlist:

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10:04 by Ben Lerner (Granta)

All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews (Faber)

Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill (Granta)

Dust by Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor (Granta)

Family Life by Akhil Sharma (Faber)

How to Be Both by Ali Smith (Hamish Hamilton)

Nora Webster by Colm Tóibín (Viking)

Outline by Rachel Cusk (Faber)

The shortlist of eight titles revealed spans five countries, and includes five women.

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The countries represented this year are Canada, the US, the UK, Ireland, Kenya, and India.

Talking about selection process, chair of judges William Fiennes (pictured above) said:

This shortlist is the result of months of reading and hours of passionate conversation. The eight books we've chosen explore vast themes – time, loss, belonging, war, solitude, marriage and family, the making and the mystery of art – with amazing vitality and grace.

They manage to be both epic and intimate – in fact, they show those dimensions to be two sides of the same coin. They've surprised, moved, challenged and enchanted us. They've made us laugh. They've grown and deepened when we read them again.

But it's not just the richness and fire of the individual books. We're excited by the range of ideas, voices and approaches represented here, and by the way our shortlist shows the novel refreshing itself, reaching out for new shapes and strategies, still discovering what it might be, what it might do.

The 2015 Folio Prize winner will be announced on March 23.

For more news visit the Folio website or follow the prize on Facebook and Twitter.

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