Gordon Burn was a fearless writer who tackled subjects where others feared to tread. His blend of fact and fiction was applied to lives such as Alma Cogan and George Best.
The Gordon Burn Trust, in conjunction with New Wrting North and the publisher Faber and Faber, has set up an annual prize for the best book which continues this tradition. Trollope might have been in the running with his blurring of real and imaginary figures of the Victorian political landscape. Who is Daubenay? Is he Disreali? Is Mr Gresham meant to be Gladstone? Maybe there is still time for a posthumous submission?
However, the current shortlisted writers for the prize include Gruff Rhys, of the rock group Super Furry Animals, for his book American Interior. We wish him success.
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