Ultimately, even with their delay, the Green Carnation Prize judges couldn't agree on a single winner, so the 2012 award is a tie between veteran Patrick Gale's A Perfectly Good Man and newcomer Andre Carl van der Merwe's Moffie [Kindle].
Gale's sixteenth novel looks at the life of an Anglican priest in Cornwall who apparently assists in the suicide of a paralysed former rugby player.
Van der Merwe's debut novel is about a sensitive, gay nineteen year-old conscripted into the Angola Bush War.
The shortlist was:
- Carol Anshaw, Carry the One [Kindle]
- Patrick Gale, A Perfectly Good Man
- Philip Hensher, Scenes from Early Life
- Kerry Hudson, Tony Hogan Bought Me an Ice-Cream Float Before He Stole My Ma
- Andre Carl Van Der Merwe, Moffie [Kindle]
- Edmund White, Jack Holmes and His Friend [Kindle]
Previous winners are Catherine Hall's The Proof of Love last year and Christopher Fowler's Paperboy in 2010.