Garth Greenwell's novel What Belongs to You and David France's book How to Survive a Plague are on the shortlist for The Green Carnation Prize 2016.
Now in its seventh year, The Green Carnation Prize recognises lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) writers working in any form.
Simon Savidge, Director of the Prize, said: ‘I am thrilled that this years judges have come up with such an incredible and diverse shortlist which shows the breadth that LGBTQ writing is covers in styles, settings and scope.’
On an unseasonably warm autumn day, an American teacher enters a public bathroom beneath Sofia's National Palace of Culture. There he meets Mitko, a charismatic young hustler, and pays him for sex. He returns to Mitko again and again over the next few months, their relationship growing increasingly intimate and unnerving.
As he struggles to reconcile his longing with the anguish it creates, he's forced to grapple with his own fraught history: his formative experiences of love, his painful rejection by family and friends, and the difficulty of growing up as a gay man in southern America in the 1990s.
How to Survive a Plague by David France is the riveting, powerful and profoundly moving story of the AIDS epidemic and the grass-roots movement of activists, many of them facing their own life-or-death struggles, who grabbed the reins of scientific research to help develop the drugs that turned HIV from a mostly fatal infection to a manageable disease. Around the globe, the 15.8 million people taking anti-AIDS drugs today are alive thanks to their efforts.
Weaving together the stories of dozens of individuals, this is an insider's account of a pivotal moment in our history and one that changed the way that medical science is practised worldwide.
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Also on the shortlist:
London Lies Beneath by Stella Duffy (Virago)
A Portable Shelter by Kirsty Logan (Random House)
Augustown by Kei Miller (Weidenfeld & Nicolson)
The winner announced on 22nd May at ceremony hosted by Foyles on Charing Cross Road. Find out more here.