Eimear McBride wins first Goldsmiths prize
Having spent nine years trying to get her first book published, Eimear McBride, 37, has won the
Goldsmiths prize of £10,000 with her debut novel 'A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing'.
It tells the story of a young woman's relationship with a brother afflicted by a brain tumour.
The Goldsmiths Prize was set up to "recognise published fiction that opens up new
possibilities for the novel form". McBride said it would "encourage
writers to be adventurous". It beat 5 other shortlisted titles.
Born in Liverpool, McBride moved to Ireland at the age of two and grew up in Mayo and Sligo.
She wrote the novel in just six months and saw it turned down by every publishing house she
submitted it to. She stopped submitting, and then re-started after a break sending
it out to publishers again without any revisions. "There was a long time
when I thought I would never have this book published," she said. "To
have a prize like this is a really wonderful thing." The novel is
published by Galley Beggar Press of Norwich.
The book uses a "stream of consciousness" technique and starts with the narrator speaking from inside her mother's womb.
Dr Tim Parnell, chair of the judging panel said "We are delighted to have found such a remarkable novel in the award's inaugural year."