Goldsboro Books Glass Bell Award for Contemporary Fiction 2018

Update: the winner was announced on 27th September and Irish author John Boyne has scooped the Award for his “sweeping, poignant and comedic odyssey” of post-war Ireland in The Heart’s Invisible Furies. 

Announced during Independent Bookseller’s Week this prize is awarded annually to an outstanding work of contemporary fiction, rewarding quality storytelling in any genre. The jury of ten consists of team members from Goldsboro Books, DHH Literary Agency and The Dome Press.

Longlist below (shortlisted novels in bold)

The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne (winner)
American War by Omar El Akkad
The Nix by Nathan Hill
Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
The Word is Murder by Anthony Horowitz
Good Me Bad Me by Ali Land
The Innocent Wife by Amy Lloyd
You Don’t Know Me by Imran Mahmood
Reservoir 13 by Jon McGregor
The Ice by Laline Paull (I’ve read this but am yet to write my review)
Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough
The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell
My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent

The longlist will be reduced to a shortlist, due to be announced on 30th August and the winner will be awarded £2,000, and a beautiful, handmade, engraved glass bell, at a party at the bookshop on 27th September 2018.

I’m starting to think I need to set up my own award – the only way I’ll manage to read a decent proportion from any list!

Have you read any of these? Who would you have your eye on as the winner?



  1. Looks like there are some good entries here! I know what you mean about setting up your own award, too; it’s hard to keep up with them all, isn’t it?

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