Already a Radio 4 Book at Bedtime in February this year, now Deborah Levy’s Swimming Home has been longlisted for the Man Booker Prize – congratulations to her on writing a book that deserves to be a “a prizewinner” (The Independent). To see the raft of rave reviews for the novel so far, look at the Swimming Home page.
From a bad mobile line on holiday, Deborah Levy spoke to And Other Stories to say: “This is the novel that caused me the most despair and the most elation. So I am particularly thrilled it has received this recognition. And thrilled for my publishers And Other Stories!”
Stefan Tobler, publisher at And Other Stories, says: “We are delighted that a novel which is not only a great read but also a book with a real aesthetic to it (a book that gives more with each reading) will receive the attention it deserves. The And Other Stories’ team and I are all celebrating tonight in various far-flung locations, jumping up and down for joy!
To see Swimming Home longlisted for the Booker is brilliant news for us, a brand new publisher, less than one year after launching our first books. Taken with the Guardian First Book Award shortlisting for Villalobos’ Down the Rabbit Hole‘s and the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award longlisting for Clemens Meyer’s All the Lights, it is a welcome vote of confidence in our editorial decision to only publish books based on literary merit. And we’re excited that more readers will find out about our collaborative form of publishing and our subscription model, which is what let’s us publish.”
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