The Green Carnation Prize is a UK-based award that celebrates LGBT writing. The two winners were chosen from a shortlist of six books and this is the first time that they have had a tie for the prize. A Perfectly Good Man is Gale’s 16th novel while Moffie is Van Der Merwe’s debut which tells the story of a young gay man in the South African Defense Force during apartheid.
One of the judges, Katie Allen, who is the website editor of The Bookseller and We Love This Book, said that “These are very different books, but both true winners in different ways – Gale’s novel is a masterpiece of characterisation and plotting, while Moffie reveals the often devastating consequences of being gay- reverberations of which can still be felt across the world today.”
Congratulations to Van der Merwe and Gale!
For the first time in the prizes history the judges announce two winners in a tie as Patrick Gale and André Carl Van Der Merwe become joint winners of The Green Carnation Prize 2012.
Patrick Gale’s ‘A Perfectly Good Man’ is his sixteenth novel, a story of the moral dilemmas of a Cornish priest and his family and looks at what makes people good or bad. André Carl Van Der Merwe’s debut novel ‘Moffie’ is a tale of coming out in South Africa in the military during some of the country’s most turbulent times.
- Moffie by Andre Carl Van Der Merwe
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