… has shone a spotlight on the role of independent publishers.
This is great news, both for readers and writers.
The indies are becoming the home of risky, oddball, non-standard fiction and as readers we should celebrate them for keeping variety and the unusual available to us.
As writers they offer publishing for some books that are not suitable for the big, mass-market publishers.
This is not to say I don’t appreciate the work of all publishers – they keep a great tradition going in difficult times and bravely compete with television, film, computer games, and who-knows-whats just around the corner of the future.
In the very near future we’ll know who’s won the prize, and hence greater sales, prestige etc for themselves and their publisher.
The shortlist is:
- Tan Twan Eng – The Garden of Evening Mists
- Deborah Levy – Swimming Home
- Hilary Mantel – Bring Up the Bodies
- Alison Moore – The Lighthouse
- Will Self – Umbrella
- Jeet Thayil – Narcopolis