A DOZEN books – whose subjects include a celebration of East Anglia’s coast and the too-short life of a bright young thing from the Cobbold brewing dynasty – are in the running for a local literary honour.

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The New Angle Prize lauds work with a distinct East Anglian flavour. Judges have announced a 12-strong “longlist” of contenders, which on March 18 will be reduced to a shortlist. The result is announced on September 4.

The New Angle Prize is run by The Ipswich Institute, a charity offering educational courses, talks and visits, and a lending library. The winner receives £2,000 and the runner-up £500. There’s also a Reader’s Choice competition organised with the EADT.

The longlist:

n Dog Days, Elspeth Barker: Anthology including criticism and work on East Anglian landscape painting;

n At the Yeoman’s House, Ronald Blythe: A look back at friendships with artists, writers, farmers, gardeners and neighbours;

n James Dodds, Tide Lines, Ian Collins: Study of the shipwright, painter, printmaker and publisher;

n The Voice from the Garden, Jane Dismore: A woman at the centre of a fated union between trade (the Cobbold family) and title (the Hambros);

n Art, Faith and Place in East Anglia, T A Heslop, Elizabeth Mellings & Margit Thofner: how religious artworks have been embedded in communities, belief systems, histories and landscapes;

n 22 Britannia Road, Amanda Hodgkinson: Novel set in post-war Ipswich about a Polish couple reunited after crimes of love and conflict;

n This Luminous Coast, Jules Pretty: Meditation on the changing landscape of our threatened coastline;

n Seldom Seen, Sarah Ridgard: Coming-of-age novel set against the unromantic backdrop of a market town;

n Daughters in Law, Joanna Trollope: A woman struggling to let go after dedicating her life to raising children in their scruffy Suffolk home;

n Weirdo, Cathi Unsworth: Seaside noir set in Norfolk in the 1980s and the present, looking at teenage friendship;

n The Last Hunters: The Crab Fishermen of Cromer, Candy Whittome & David Morris: the story of a traditional rural occupation;

n Grace, Esther Morgan: Poetry on loss, loneliness, family and ancestry, and the secrets of hidden lives.

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