Amy Mason’s THE OTHER IDA has been longlisted for The Polari First Book Prize, awarded to a writer whose first book explores the LGBT experience in poetry, prose, fiction or nonfiction. The longlist was announced at the Polari Literary Salon in London’s Southbank Centre on 20 July.
THE OTHER IDA, published by Cargo, won the 2014 Dundee International Book Prize in October 2014. It has received fantastic reviews from fellow authors including Emma Jane Unsworth calling it, ‘a brilliant debut,’ and Kerry Hudson saying it is ‘a rare and special book full of compelling stories.’
The winner will be revealed at the London Literature Festival at the Southbank Centre in October.
Praise for THE OTHER IDA
‘Mason’s evocation of the tension, claustrophobia and melancholy of a dysfunctional family amid grief is well realised.’ – Claire Hazelton, The Guardian
‘A raw and powerful read with a rich seam of black humour.’ – Sunday Mirror
‘Funny, bright, bold and exciting, this debut novel sparkles with originality and insight.’ – Viv Groskop