Cape publisher takes £10,000 prize
The £10,000 Goldsmiths Prize has gone to Robin Robertson for The Long Take (Picador Poetry).
Robertson, who is publisher at Cape as well as a prize-winning poet, also appeared on the Man Booker Prize shortlist. The Long Take, told mostly in verse, is about a Canadian's experiences of disillusionment and deprivation in post-Second World War America. Adam Mars-Jones, chair of the Goldsmiths judges and research professor of creative writing at the college, said: "The judges are proud to salute Robin Robertson’s The Long Take, a film noir verse novel full of blinding sunlight and lingering shadows, technically accomplished, formally resourceful and emotionally unsparing."
The £10,000 prize is for "a book that is deemed genuinely novel and which embodies the spirit of invention that characterises the genre at its best". Also shortlisted were works by Rachel Cusk, Will Eaves, Guy Gunaratne, Gabriel Josipovici, and Olivia Laing.