The 2018 Rathbones Folio Prize
In anticipation of the 2018 Rathbones Folio Prize being awarded on 8 May, we are giving you the chance to read a sample from each of the eight shortlisted books.
The Rathbones Folio Prize is the only British prize for the 'book of the year'. It is open to all forms of literature written in English – fiction, non-fiction and poetry alike – and the sole criterion for judgment is excellence. The year’s judges are Jim Crace, Nikesh Shukla and Kate Summerscale, and they were given only one instruction: to identify the eight books published in the last year that, in their eyes, came closest to achieving perfection.
Over the course of eight days, we will be releasing a sample from each of the following shortlisted books: Anything Is Possible – Elizabeth Strout (Viking), Conversations With Friends – Sally Rooney (Faber), Exit West – Mohsin Hamid (Hamish Hamilton), Ghosts of the Tsunami – Richard Lloyd Parry (Jonathan Cape), Once Upon A Time In The East: A Story of Growing Up – Xiaolu Guo (Chatto & Windus), Reservoir 13 – Jon McGregor (4th Estate), The Day That Went Missing – Richard Beard (Harvill Secker), and White Tears – Hari Kunzru (Hamish Hamilton).
- An exciting opportunity to read the shortlisted works of one of the world’s most renowned literary prizes
- A chance to explore a shortlist of great books unrestricted by category or genre
- Uniquely, all the books considered for the Rathbones Folio Prize are nominated by an academy of more than 250 distinguished authors, which includes the likes of Ian McEwan, Margaret Atwood, Peter Carey, Zadie Smith, JM Coetzee, Carol Ann Duffy and William Dalrymple