The Four Marys, a collection of provocative novellas by Jean Rafferty, has been longlisted for this year's Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize, which celebrates great British fiction by showcasing the breadth and vibrancy of British writing today.
The longlist of fifteen books has been chosen by the judges as "they display the flair, range and literary rigour abounding in British writing today and should, the judges believe, be widely read." The final eight winners of the Prize will be announced on Thursday 18 June at the Jerwood Space, London. Each winning author will receive a prize of £5,000 and each title will feature in a summer promotion by WH Smith Travel.
Announcing the longlist, chair of judges India Knight said: "It is absolutely thrilling to have found such brilliant books, across such a wide variety of genres, and from authors that live and write all over the country. These are fantastic writers who deserve to be household names."
The Four Marys features a quartet of contemporary folk tales exploring the complexities of motherhood. Author Marina Warner has praised the "powerful stories about the lives and deaths of women", whilst welovethisbook.com said, "The writing is starkly frank in creating atmosphere and realism."