Previous Years

2013

Winner – Far From The Tree by Andrew Solomon

Andrew Solomon said on winning ‘I am profoundly honored and utterly thrilled to have won this prize.  When I was born, it was a crime, a sin, and a mental illness to be gay; now it is an identity, and a much celebrated one at that, as the very existence of this prize clearly demonstrates.  My book is about how we can use that shift, of which gay people today are the fortunate beneficiaries, as a model for helping others with stigmatized differences to find dignity in them.  I believe with all my heart in a prize that celebrates the particular contributions of gay literature, and that recognizes that human diversity, like species diversity, is necessary to sustain the world as we know and love it.  I am delighted to play any part in putting forward that idea, and I thank the judges with all my heart.’

Shortlisted titles…

  • Gob’s Grief by Chris Adrian (Granta)
  • Black Bread White Beer by Niven Govinden (The Friday Project)
  • May We Be Forgiven by A.M. Homes (Granta)
  • The Kills by Richard House (Picador)
  • Fanny & Stella by Neil McKenna (Faber & Faber)

Longlisted titles…

  • Five Star Billionaire – Tash Aw (4th Estate)
  • Maggie & Me – Damian Barr (Bloomsbury)
  • Environmental Studies – Maureen Duffy (Enitharmon)
  • Fallen Land – Patrick Flanery (Atlantic Books)
  • The Sea Inside – Philip Hoare (4th Estate)
  • Almost English – Charlotte Mendelson (Mantle Books)

 

2012

Winners – A Perfectly Good Man by Patrick Gale (4th Estate)/Moffie by Andre Carl Van Der Merwe (Europa Editions)

Shortlisted Titles…

  • Carry The One – Carol Anshaw (Penguin Books)
  • Scenes from Early Life – Philip Hensher (4th Estate, British)
  • Tony Hogan Bought Me An Ice Cream Before He Stole Me Ma – Kerry Hudson (Chatto & Windus)
  • Jack Holmes and his Friend – Edmund White (Bloomsbury)

 

Longlisted Titles…

  • 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)
  • Snake Ropes – Jess Richards (Sceptre)
  • Hawthorn & Child – Keith Ridgway (Granta Books)
  • Valentine Grey – Sandi Toksvig (Virago)

2011

Winner – The Proof of Love by Catherine Hall (Portobello Books)

 

Shortlisted Titles…

  • The Strange Case of the Composer and his Judge – Patricia Duncker (Bloomsbury)
  • Red Dust Road – Jackie Kay (Picador)
  • Remembrance of Things I Forgot – Bob Smith (Terrace Books)
  • Ever Fallen in Love – Zoe Strachan (Sandstone Press)
  • The Empty Family – Colm Toibin (Penguin Books)

Longlisted Titles…

  • By Nightfall – Michael Cunningham (Fourth Estate)
  • The Retribution – Val McDermid (Little Brown)
  • Purge – Sofi Oksanen (Atlantic Books)
  • There But for The… – Ali Smith (Hamish Hamilton)
  • Role Models – John Waters (Beautiful Books)
  • Before I Go To Sleep – S.J Watson (Doubleday)
  • Why Be Happy When You Can Be Normal? – Jeanette Winterson (Jonathan Cape)

 

 

2010

Winner – Paperboy by Christopher Fowler (Bantam Press)

 

Shortlisted Titles…

  • God Says No by James Hannaham (McSweeney’s)
  • London Triptych by Jonathan Kemp (Myriad Editions)
  • Children of the Sun by Max Schaefer (Granta)
  • Man’s World by Rupert Smith (Arcadia Books)

Longlisted Titles…

  • Generation A by Douglas Coupland (Windmill Books)
  • Bryant and May Off the Rails by Christopher Fowler (Doubleday)
  • In A Strange Room by Damon Galgut (Atlantic Books)
  • Mary Ann in Autumn by Armistead Maupin (Doubleday)
  • The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas (Tuskar Rock Press)
  • City Boy by Edmund White (Bloomsbury)

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