hall_proofofloveCatherine Hall has won the Green Carnation Literary Prize. Hall’s second novel. The Proof of Love won the prize, which celebrates writing by LGBT authors.

The award attracted some criticism when the shortlist was announced earlier in the year because it failed to include Alan Hollinghurst, Philip Hensher or Ali Smith.

Catherine Hall said “I’m utterly delighted to have won the Green Carnation Prize – a completely unexpected pleasure, especially given the calibre of the other writers on the shortlist. It’s a great way of raising the profile of LGBT writing, which I think can only be a good thing.”

“The Proof of Love” follows a young Cambridge mathematician who takes on a job as a farm labourer in the Lake District during the hot summer of 1976

Christopher Fowler’s novel “Paperboy” was awarded the prize last year.

The Green Carnation Price was launched in 2010 for gay men, but this year was extended to all LGBT authors.

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