Sweet Fruit, Sour Land (Sandstone) by Rebecca Ley is the winner of The Guardian’s 2018 Not The Booker prize. The “dark dystopian novel” was chosen by judge vote, overriding the reader vote in accordance with prize rules:
A judging meeting will be organised online on the morning of 15 October 2018. The winner of the public vote will be allotted two votes at this meeting. The reader judges will each have one vote and will come to a decision on the overall winner in a live online event, with Sam Jordison wielding a casting vote, if required.
This year’s judges were Cath Barton, Graham Fulcher, and Ellie Heyworth. The author of the winning title receives a Guardian mug. For more information, including the breakdown of votes on all 6 short listed books, see the official announcement.
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