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The list includes writers from the U.K., Ireland, Kenya and India, keeping the prize apparently true to its mandate to recognize “the best English-language fiction from around the world, regardless of form, genre or the author’s country of origin.”
The other finalists are:
These eight books were shortlisted from an original list of 80 nominated by the Folio Prize Academy — made up of 235 writers and critics — and selected as the best works of fiction published in the U.K. in 2014.
Toews’ book, which explores the relationship between two sisters, one who wants to die and one who wants to help her live, has already won the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize and been shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize.