Jessica Andrews’ Saltwater longlisted for the Portico Prize 2019

Jessica Andrews’ Saltwater has been longlisted for the Portico Prize 2019.

The Portico Prize Longlist of 17 books explores the myriad themes of identity, belonging, gender, class and the meaning of place – all connected by the spirit of the North.

This year’s list includes six debut novels and ten independent publishers, and spans fiction, creative non-fiction, memoir, poetry, place writing, biography, a graphic history and travel writing.

This long list:


The One who Wrote Destiny — Nikesh Shukla

Black Teeth and a Brilliant Smile — Adelle Stripe

Ironopolis — Glen James Brown

Gentleman Jack — Angela Steidele

The Boy with the Perpetual Nervousness — Graham Caveney

Lowborn — Kerry Hudson

Black Car Burning  — Helen Mort

Us — Zaffar Kunial

2020 — Kenneth Steven

Saltwater  — Jessica Andrews

Mancunia — Michael Symmons Roberts

Under the Rock — Benjamin Myers

Zebra  — Ian Humphreys

Long Road from Jarrow — Stuart Maconie

The Look Away — Richard Skelton


Once described as ‘the Booker of the North’, The Portico Prize awards £10,000 to the book that best evokes the spirit of the North of England. The biennial prize is the UK’s only award of its kind, and accepts submissions across all formats including fiction, non-fiction and poetry.

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