Fiction Uncovered is pleased to announce that one of our 2011 titles, The Proof of Love by Catherine Hall, has been awarded the 2011 Green Carnation Prize. The prize, which launched in 2010, celebrates the writing of LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) authors. The 2011 shortlist included Jackie Kay and Colm Toibin.
The Proof of Love, set during the long hot summer of 1976, is the story of a young Cambridge mathematician who arrives in a remote village in the Lake District and takes on a job as a farm labourer. Just as he is slowly winning the trust of the suspicious local community, tragedy strikes.
Chair of the judges Simon Savidge said “I am thrilled, along with all the other judges, that Catherine Hall has won this year’s Green Carnation prize with her extraordinary second novel The Proof of Love. This is one of those rare novels in which you get so lost you forget that it is fiction. The characters walk off the page and you can feel the atmosphere simmering and brooding in every sentence. It’s a book that quietly takes you by the hand, leading you gently into a false sense of security before gripping you and it doesn’t let go until the very last moment. It is the sort of novel that storytelling and reading are all about, wonderfully written and a book you want to pass on and recommend to everyone you know.”
Catherine Hall commented, “I’m utterly delighted to have won the Green Carnation Prize – a completely unexpected pleasure, especially given the calibre of the other writers on the shortlist. It’s a great way of raising the profile of LGBT writing.” The Proof of Love is published by Portobello Books.
Catherine Hall interviewed about Proof of Love.
Catherine Hall reads from Proof of Love.
Sarah Crown, judge for Fiction Uncovered 2011, on Proof of Love.