Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize

As a memorial to the founder and first Chairman of the firm, Faber & Faber established in 1963 the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize. The Prize of £l,500 is awarded annually: and it is given, in alternate years, for a volume of verse and for a volume of prose fiction.

The Winner

Spill Simmer Falter Wither by Sara Baume

What the judges said: "We considered both established novelists and first-timers, but in the end the originality of one debut was irresistible. Spill Simmer Falter Wither does a great deal with what looks like unpromising material – an ageing, lonely man who has lived his whole life at one remove from society, and the damaged, dangerous dog he takes to his heart. As the two come to trust and rely on each other, the book blossoms into many things – a road trip, an almanac of the seasons, a family psychodrama and a mystery story.