James Tait Black Fiction Prize

The James Tait Black Memorial Prize is one of the oldest literary prizes in Britain and is given by the University of Edinburgh. I am adding the shortlist for that prize, just the fiction portion of it, to my projects, beginning in 2010 as I have done with the others.

So, here are the books that I have challenged myself to read. The winners are indicated in red (or purple, if there is a link to my review). It helps that I have already read half a dozen of them. Depending on where you look for a list, there is some difference of opinion on the numbering of the years. I have chosen to follow the numbering that the prize itself uses.

Cover for Wolf Hall2010

Strangers by Anita Brookner
The Children’s Book by A. S. Byatt
Nocturnes by Kazuo Ishiguro
The Selected Works of T. S. Spivett by Reif Larsen
Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

Cover for The Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet2011

The Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet by David Mitchell
La Rochelle by Michael Nath
The Invisible Bridge by Julie Orringer
The Lotus Eaters by Tatjana Soli


Solace by Belinda McKeon
Snowdrops by A. D. Miller
You and Me by Padgett Powell
There but for the by Ali Smith


The Panopticon by Jenny Fagan
The Big Music by Kirsty Gun
Leaving the Atocha Station by Ben Lerner
The Deadman’s Pedal by Alan Warren

Cover for Harvest2014

Harvest by Jim Crace
Benediction by Kent Haruf
The Flame Throwers by Rachel Kushner
All the Birds, Singing by Evie Wyld

Cover for We Are Not Ourselves2015

Dear Thief by Samantha Harvey
Fourth of July Creek by Smith Henderson
In the Light of What We Know by Zia Haider Rahman
We Are Not Ourselves by Matthew Thomas


Beatlebone by Kevin Barry
The Wolf Border by Sarah Hall
The First Bad Man by Miranda July
You Don’t Have to Live Like This by Benjamin Markovits


A Country Road, A Tree by Jo Baker
What Belongs to You by Garth Greenwell
The Lesser Bohemians by Eimer McBride
The Sport of Kings by C. E. Morgan


American War by Omar Al Akkad
White Tears by Hari Kunzru
First Love by Gwendolyn Riley
Attrib and Other Stories by Eley Williams


Murmur by Will Eaves
Sight by Jessie Greengrass
Crudo by Olivia Laing
Heads of the Colored People by Nafissa Thompson-Spires


Ducks, Newburyport by Lucy Ellman
Travelers by Helon Habila
Sudden Traveler by Sarah Hall
Girl by Edna O’Brien


Alligator & Other Stories by Dima Alzayat
The First Woman by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi
A Children’s Bible by Lydia Millet
Lote by Shola von Reinholdt


English Magic by Uschi Gatward
Libertie by Kaitlyn Greenidge
A Shock by Keith Ridgway
Memorial by Bryan Washington