The eight winning titles for the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize 2015 were selected by a judging panel chaired by India Knight. The 2015 judging panel included Matt Bates, fiction buyer at WH Smith Travel, Cathy Galvin, journalist, poet and Director of The Word Factory and Simon Savidge, blogger and journalist. Each winner received a cheque for £5,000 and a handbound edition of their book. Fifteen titles were longlisted for the Prize this year.

The Fiction Uncovered promotion is supported by National Lottery funding from Arts Council England, through its Grants for the Arts scheme. In 2014 the promotion became the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize with an £80,000 prize fund dedicated to authors by the Jerwood Charitable Foundation over two years. 2015 marked the fifth anniversary for the literary initiative.

The Incarnations

Susan Barker

“This is a brutal and yet beautiful novel of love, life and death, betrayal, revenge and obsession set in contemporary Beijing that takes the reader on an extraordinary journey through thousands of years of Chinese history. A feast for all the senses.”

Mother Island

Bethan Roberts

“Bethan Roberts’ Mother Island is a brilliant mix of psychological thriller meets family drama. We have abducted babies, familial jealousies and childhood secrets combining in a prime example of suburban noir.”

Mobile Library

David Whitehouse

“When you step away from The Mobile Library it will be with a grin on your face. Whitehouse’s brave, monstrous, loving exploration of family is masterful storytelling.”

A Man Lies Dreaming

Lavie Tidhar

“With this novel Lavie Tidhar mixes hardboiled noir, dystopia and magical realism to create a dark and thought provoking novel, sure to compel the reader whilst making them face the darker sides of humanity. It is a book about war, power, politics and religion whilst being a page turning thriller which gives a new and unusual twist on tales of World War II and the holocaust.”

Animals

Emma Jane Unsworth

“A wise and very funny novel of two best friends, and the other companion in their lives – booze. Unsworth writes of this manic duo with a gritty, unsentimental realism overlaid with a sharp, intelligent style, and real empathy for her subjects. A novel that examines the values – and perils – of friendship and sisterhood.”

The Redemption of Galen Pike

Carys Davies

“Every story in this stunning collection is a gem and completely unlike what follows or precedes it. Davies’ diversity shows no bounds as she takes us from jails in the Wild West to a meeting with Queen Victoria, from Australian isolated farms to snowy Siberia where each time we meet fantastic characters with unlikely and unexpected tales to tell. I loved every single one.”

Significance

Jo Mazelis

“A must read for anyone who loves literary fiction and believes they would never read a crime novel.”

The Offering

Grace McCleen

“Prose as controlled and lyrical as the story within, the novel is disturbing and mysterious.”