Arja Kajermo’s fantastic debut novel has been longlisted for the prestigious Republic of Consciousness Prize! The Iron Age is, according to Joseph O’Connor, ‘a quiet, assiduously written short novel about a girl living in Finland among the looming shadows of war.’ Illustrated throughout by Susanna Kajermo Törner, The Iron Age ‘achieves the alchemy every writer would love to conjure up: it’s somehow about every childhood, every twilit life. A radiantly beautiful book.’
The Republic of Consciousness Prize was established by author Neil Griffiths, and seeks to find the ‘best novel published by a small press’. Griffiths says: ‘We weren’t just looking for great novels but ‘hardcore literary fiction and gorgeous prose’.