Lucy Ellmann's Ducks, Newburyport Shortlisted for the Goldsmiths Prize

© Amy Jordison

© Amy Jordison

We’re so pleased to share that Lucy Ellmann’s novel, Ducks, Newburyport has been shortlisted for The Goldsmiths Prize, which was established in 2013 to celebrate the qualities of creative daring associated with the College and to reward fiction that breaks the mould or extends the possibilities of the novel form.

The annual prize of £10,000 is awarded to a book that is deemed genuinely novel and which embodies the spirit of invention that characterizes the genre at its best.

Dr Erica Wagner, Chair of Judges said “This list is a fascinating snapshot of the best British and Irish fiction around.”  

The winner will be announced on 13th November.

Ducks, Newburyport is 1040 pages long, took seven years to write and has been hailed as “one of the outstanding books of the century.”

The book is made up of the inner thoughts of a middle-aged housewife from Ohio, rendered in one beautiful, breathless, eminently readable sentence, intercut with more conventionally punctuated sections telling the story of a mountain lion.  It simultaneously offers a brilliant portrait of domestic life, whilst also capturing a particular point in American history and the horrors of the Trump era, environmental desecrations and mass shootings.

The book has also been shortlisted for the Booker Prize 2019, whose winner will be announced on 14th October.

Congratulations Lucy!