Glass Bell Award 2024: LONGLIST

Glass Bell Award 2024: LONGLIST

DEBUTS & BESTSELLERS ANNOUNCED FOR THE 2024 GOLDSBORO BOOKS GLASS BELL AWARD

A winner of the British Book Awards Debut of the Year, a serial killer thriller, an epic and sweeping mystery set in Georgian high society, Number One Sunday Times Bestsellers, a historical literary tale set in London and Jamaica’s sugar-cane plantations, and a bone-rattling fantasy thriller join a diverse list of books in contention for the 2024 Goldsboro Books Glass Bell Award, announced today (Friday, 21st June).

Laura Shepherd-Robinson makes the longlist for the third time with her cleverly crafted novel The Square of Sevens, and #1 bestseller Lisa Jewell’s tense and superbly adept novel None of This is True, which explores obsession and also makes it onto another award listing. Judged by the Goldsboro team of booksellers, the prize rewards ‘compelling storytelling with brilliantcharacterisation and a distinct voice that is confidently written and assuredly realised’ in all genres.

The winner — announced on Thursday, 26th September, at Goldsboro’s 25th Birthday party — will be awarded £2,000 and a beautiful, handmade, engraved blue glass bell.

David Headley, Goldsboro Books co-founder, MD, and founder of the Glass Bell, says: ‘This is the longest list we have chosen in the eight years since we launched this prize. Reading is one of the greatest comforts available to us in these uncertain times – and each of these stories constructs very different but equally immersive worlds for readers to inhabit. This longlist highlights fourteen of the best works of fiction around today! I’m looking forward to our judging discussions – there’s so much to be said about each of these remarkable novels, and I feel that this year will be particularly difficult choosing a winner because we couldn’t cut the longlist to our normal twelve, so passionate were the team about each book.’

For further information and to join the conversation, please visit www.goldsborobooks.com | Twitter. com/GoldsboroBooks #GlassBell | facebook.com/GoldsboroBooks

 

LONGLIST:

In Memoriam by Alice Winn (Viking)

None of This is True by Lisa Jewell (Century)

Clytemnestra by Costanza Casati (Michael Joseph)

The List by Yomi Adegoke (Fourth Estate)

Yellowface by Rebecca F. Kuang (Borough Press)

Strange Sally Diamond by Liz Nugent (Sandycove)

Chain-Gang All Stars by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah (Harvill Secker)

Weyward by Emilia Hart (Borough Press)

Lady Macbethad by Isabelle Schuler (Bloomsbury Raven)

The Silent Man by David Fennell (Zaffre Books)

Godkiller by Hannah Kaner (HarperVoyager)

The Square of Sevens by Laura Shepherd-Robinson (Mantle)

The Fraud by Zadie Smith (Hamish Hamilton)

The Turnglass by Gareth Rubin (Simon & Schuster)

 

About The Glass Bell Award

Launched in 2017, the GoldsboroBooks Glass Bell Award is awarded annually to an outstanding work of contemporary fiction, rewarding quality storytelling in any genre. The winner of the Glass Bell will receive £2,000 in prize money and a handmade, engraved glass bell. The team members from Goldsboro Books decide the contenders. Previous winners include Chris Cleave for Everyone Brave is Forgiven (Sceptre), John Boyne for The Heart’s Invisible Furies (Transworld), Christina Dalcher for VOX (HQ) & Ayanna Lloyd Banwo for When We Were Birds.

About Goldsboro Books

Goldsboro Books is an independent bookshop based in central London that specialises in signed first-edition books. Providing an expert, knowledgeable team and a carefully curated range is at the heart of the business, delivering the best book-buying experience for every customer. Goldsboro Books aims to interest and inspire book lovers, readers and collectors and provide the finest quality signed books in the world. Goldsboro Books was founded in 1999 by two friends and book collectors David Headley and Daniel Gedeon. Their reputation for spotting quality books early on, expert eye on future collectables, and enthusiasm and passion for bookselling excellence have grown with the business. Goldsboro Books has become a world-famous and much-admired bookshop. Their global reputation grew in 2013 when they were the only bookshop in the world to have signed copies of The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith, who turned out to be none other than J.K. Rowling.

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