Writers Prize winners - March 2024

The winners of The Writer's Prize have been unveiled. Formerly known as the Folio Prize, there are three categories - fiction, poetry and non-fiction, with the winners of each then fighting it out for Book of the Year honours.

The Home Child by Liz Berry

The Home Child by Liz Berry

This year The Home Child by Liz Berry, the poetry winner has won the overall Writer's Prize Book of the Year. The book is inspired by her great aunt who as a child was forced to emigrate to Canada from Britain by government schemes.

In 1908, Eliza Showell, 12-years-old and newly orphaned, boards a ship that will carry her from the slums of the Black Country to rural Nova Scotia. She will never return to Britain or see her family again. She is a Home Child, one of thousands of British children sent to Canada to work as indentured farm labourers and domestic servants. In luminous and tender poems, Eliza's world unfolds, a place where ordinary things are transfigured into treasures - a red ribbon, the feel of a foal's mane, the sound of her name on someone's lips. With nothing to call her own, the wild beauty of Cape Breton is the only solace Eliza has - until another Home Child, a boy, comes to the farm and changes everything.

The Wren, The Wren.

The Wren, The Wren.

Anne Enright won the fiction category for The Wren, The Wren. Nell - funny, brave and so much loved - is a young woman with adventure on her mind. As she sets out into the world, she finds her family history hard to escape. For her mother, Carmel, Nell's leaving home opens a space in her heart, where the turmoil of a lifetime begins to churn. And across the generations falls the long shadow of Carmel's famous father, an Irish poet of beautiful words and brutal actions. This is a meditation on love: spiritual, romantic, darkly sexual or genetic. A generational saga that traces the inheritance not just of trauma but also of wonder, it is a testament to the glorious resilience of women in the face of promises false and true. Above all, it is an exploration of the love between mother and daughter - sometimes fierce, often painful, but always transcendent.

Thunderclap by Laura Cumming.

Thunderclap by Laura Cumming.

Thunderclap by Laura Cumming won the Non-Fiction award. On the morning of October 12, 1654, in the Dutch city of Delft, a sudden explosion was followed by a thunderclap that could be heard more than 70 miles away. Carel Fabritius - now known across the world for his exquisite painting, The Goldfinch - had been at work in his studio. He, along with many others, would not survive the day. In Thunderclap, Laura Cumming reveals her passion for the art of the Dutch Golden Age and her determination to lift up the reputation of Fabritius. She reveals the Netherlands, where - wandering the narrow streets of Amsterdam, driving across the flatlands, or pausing at a quiet waterfront - she encounters the rich reality behind the shining beauty of Vermeer and Rembrandt, Hals and de Hooch. This is a book about what a picture may come to mean: how it can enter your life and change your thinking in a thunderclap, a sudden clarity of sight.

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