An appealing mix of books illuminating themes such as gender, identity and race form the shortlist for the centenary awards of Britain’s longest-running literary prizes – the James Tait Black Prizes.
The four novels competing for the £10,000 fiction prize are:
Murmur by Will Eaves (CB Editions)
Sight by Jessie Greengrass (John Murray)
Crudo by Olivia Laing (Picador)
Heads of the Colored People by Nafissa Thompson-Spires (Chatto & Windus).
The four biographies shortlisted for the £10,000 prize are:
Natives: Race and Class in the Ruins of Empire by Akala (Two Roads)
In Extremis: The Life of War Correspondent Marie Colvin by Lindsey Hilsum (Chatto & Windus)
The Life of Stuff: A Memoir about the Mess We Leave Behind by Susannah Walker (Doubleday)
The Catalogue of Shipwrecked Books: Young Columbus and the Quest for a Universal Library by Edward Wilson-Lee (William Collins).
The winners of both prizes – presented annually by the University of Edinburgh – will be announced at the Edinburgh International Book Festival in August. The centenary celebrations will be attended by some of the previous winning authors.
Read more information about the James Tait Black Prizes.