Waidner’s third novel follows a non-binary migrant who is arrested in London in what has been described as ‘Kafka’s The Trial written for the era of gaslighting’

Isabel Waidner has won the Goldsmiths prize for “fiction at its most novel” for Sterling Karat Gold, a work that judges said combines “the real and the mythic, the beautiful and the grotesque, to mind-bending effect”.

The prize, set up in association with the New Statesman in 2013, is intended to reward “fiction that breaks the mould and extends the possibilities of the novel form”, with previous winners ranging from Lucy Ellman’s Ducks, Newburyport to Eimear McBride’s A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing.

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