Awards James Tait Memorial Prize - Omnivore

Published on June 7th, 2013


James Tait Black Prize Fiction Shortlist

Shortlist for the James Tait Black Prize below.

The Panopticon by Jenni Fagan

Anais Hendricks, fifteen, is in the back of a police car, headed for the Panopticon, a home for chronic young offenders.She can’t remember the events that led her here, but across town a policewoman lies in a coma and there is blood on Anais’s school uniform.. (William Heinemann)

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The Deadman’s Pedal by Alan Warner

It is the early 1970s in the Highlands of Scotland and for 16-year-old Simon Crimmons there’s really not much to do. He can hang around with his pals or his first-ever girlfriend, Nikki, he can dream about a first motorbike to get him out of the Port and among the hills, but in truth he’s going nowhere. (Jonathan Cape)

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From the Ruins of Empire by Pankaj MishraLeaving Atocha Station by Ben Lerner

From a National Book Award finalist, this ironic first novel captures the angst of the young American abroad. (Coffee House Press)

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Big Music by Kirsty Gunn

Presented as a collection of found papers, appendices and notes, “The Big Music” tells the story of John Sutherland of ‘The Grey House’, who is dying and creating in the last days of his life a musical composition that will define it. (Faber & Faber)

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