'A Simple Scale' by David Llewellyn longlisted for the Polari Book Prize 2019

11 June 2019 - 02:25pm

'A Simple Scale' by David Llewellyn longlisted for the Polari Book Prize 2019

11 June 2019 - 02:25pm

Update: A Simple Scale is also amongst the 6 names shortlisted for the prize! Read more here.

Publisher Mick Felton said: ‘We’re absolutely delighted that A Simple Scale has been shortlisted. It’s his best book yet, a page turning story of sensitivity and drama.’


At an event held at the Southbank Centre on the 10th of June, the longlists for the 2019 Polari Prizes were announced and Seren author David Llewelyn is amongst the names in contention for the new Polari Book Prize with his novel A Simple Scale.  

Now in its ninth year, the Polari Prize is a celebration of literature that gives a voice to the LGBT+ community whether it be a title written by an LGBT+ author or one exploring LGBT+ themes. 2019 is the first year they have run a prize focusing on the work of established authors alongside their First Book Prize and together with Llewellyn, the list for the new Polari Book Prize includes the likes of Sarah Moss, Patrick Gale and Andrew McMillan.

Announcing the names of the 24 writers in contention for this year’s awards, Paul Burston, author, award founder and chair of the judges said: “The books on this year’s longlists celebrate LGBT lives in their many varieties. At a time when reactionary forces are on the rise and political battles won many years ago are being fought all over again, books that tell the truth about who we really are serve a powerful purpose. Stories about trans lives and gender identities feature heavily. There are also books about the changing landscape of our collective experiences, from gay shame to equal marriage. Together these longlists represent the very best in emerging and established LGBT literary talent today.”

The shortlists will be announced on July 26th at a special Polari Literary Salon also held at the Southbank Centre with the winners being announced at the London Literature Festival in October.

View the full longlists here.


About the Book:

In A Simple Scale, a piece of music starts a story that will range across Soviet Russia, McCarthyite Hollywood and post-9/11 New York, as the mystery of the lives of two gay composers is uncovered. David Llewellyn explores the points at which the personal and the political meet as narratives of love, death, deceit, the CIA, atomic bombs and classical music unfold.

A Simple Scale is available from the Seren website: £9.99