And the poetry shortlist is…

Clive James for Angels Over Elsinore (Picador)
and the judges said: “Beautifully written, intelligent, full of ideas clearly communicated and feelings perfectly encapsulated – these are proper poems with musical structure that are clever, moving and memorable.”

Katharine Kilalea for One Eye’d Leigh (Carcanet)
and the judges said: “A humorous, unpredictable and imaginative debut.  Kilalea makes deceptively well-crafted poems that are like sculptures.”

Ruth Padel for Darwin: A Life in Poems (Chatto & Windus)
and the judges said: “A fascinating and original work that recreates the life of its subject in rich, diverse language.”

Christopher Reid for A Scattering (Arete Books)
and the judges said: “A life-affirming collection, full of urgency and feeling.”