Grand books that prove it’s not so grim up North

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BOOKS WHICH “defy the ru­mour that it’s grim up North” are up for a £10,000 prize.

The Por­tico Prize For Lit­er­a­ture, which was set up more than 30 years ago, awards fic­tion and non-fic­tion that “evoke the spirit of the North”.

This year’s short­list fea­tures three de­but nov­els, in­clud­ing

Salt­wa­ter by Jes­sica Andrews, about a girl from Sun­der­land who moves to Lon­don. Iro­nop­o­lis by Glen James Brown is set on a fic­tional Mid­dles­brough coun­cil es­tate, while Black Teeth And A Bril­liant Smile by Adelle Stripe is in­spired by the life of Rita, Sue And Bob Too play­wright An­drea Dun­bar, from Brad­ford.

Other works in­clude Ray Robin­son’s novel The Mat­ing

Habit Of Stags, set on the moors of North York­shire, which judges called “the per­fect north­ern noir”.

Ben­jamin My­ers’s Un­der The Rock: The Po­etry Of A Place

looks at the mean­ing of place in mod­ern Bri­tain.

And Gra­ham Caveney’s book,

The Boy With The Per­pet­ual

Ner­vous­ness, de­scribes grow­ing up ob­sessed by mu­sic in the North in the 1970s and his ex­pe­ri­ence of sex­ual abuse.

Broad­caster Si­mon Savidge, chair of the judges, said: “This list de­fies the ru­mour that it’s grim up North.”


SPIRIT OF THE NORTH: The six books that have been short­listed for The Por­tico Prize For Lit­er­a­ture.

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