Chairperson: Helen Meany
"Profoundly satisfying; pulses with thematic and intellectual content!"
Lionel Shriver on Zoë Heller’s The Believers
"An early contender for the most original, and the cleverest, novel of the year."
Daily Telegraph on Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi by Geoff Dyer
Zoë Heller joined the literary super league with her Man Booker-shortlisted Notes on a Scandal, a deft dissection of sexual mores and human obsession that was later adapted into an Oscar-nominated film. The Believers, her latest novel, performs an equally adroit autopsy on family dysfunction and class hypocrisy amongst New York's liberal intelligentsia.
The latest novel from Geoff Dyer – author of Yoga for People Who Can't be Bothered and Paris Trance – is a crash and burn tale of erotic love and spiritual yearning. From the cocaine-fuelled adrenalin rush of the Venice Biennale to the stoner-seduction of Varanasi, art hack Jeff Atman seeks transcendence from his own startling mediocrity.
A former journalist and columnist, Zoe Heller is the author of three novels. Born in London, she now lives in New York. Geoff Dyer is the author of three previous novels and six non-fiction books. He is a regular contributor to the Guardian and New Statesman. He currently lives in London.