Guy Stagg’s The Crossway wins Edward Stanford Travel Memoir Book of the Year

We are delighted that The Crossway (Picador) by Guy Stagg has been named Edward Stanford Travel Memoir Book of the Year.

The Crossway is the account of Guy Stagg’s extraordinary 2013 adventure, a pilgrimage from Canterbury to Jerusalem. He did not begin the journey for religious reasons, but rather in the hope that the ritual might heal years of mental illness. Alone, he hiked for ten months, covering ancient paths across ten countries. In his memoir, he describes with compelling honesty the struggles he encounters along the way, and the kindness of the strangers he meets.

The Edward Stanford Awards were established to celebrate the world’s best travel writing and travel writers. They are named after Edward Stanford, whose Victorian map-making business inspired a passion for foreign travel and adventure, which in turn led to an explosion in travel writing.

(Agent for Guy Stagg: Zoë Waldie)

The Cut Out Girl Wins Costa Book of the Year

RCW is thrilled to announce that Bart van Es‘ biography The Cut Out Girl has won the Costa Book of the Year Award 2019.

The Cut Out Girl retraces the story of Lien, a young Jewish girl in Holland who was hidden from the Nazis and fostered by Bart van Es’ own grandparents, who were part of the Dutch resistance. The Cut Out Girl braids together a powerful recreation of Lien’s harrowing childhood story with the present-day account of Bart’s efforts to piece that story together. And it embraces the wider picture, too, for Holland was more cooperative in rounding up its Jews for the Nazis than any other Western European country; that is part of Lien’s story too.

Chair of Judges for Costa Book Awards, Sophie Raworth, said ‘The hidden gem of the year. Sensational and gripping, and shedding light on some of the most urgent issues of our time, this was our unanimous winner.’

The Costa Book Awards honour some of the most outstanding books of the year written by authors based in the UK and Ireland. There are five categories – First Novel, Novel, Biography, Poetry and Children’s Book – with one of the five winners chosen as Book of the Year, announced at an awards ceremony in London every January. Launched in 1971 as the Whitbread Literary Awards, they became the Whitbread Book Awards in 1985, with Costa taking over in 2006.

For more information, please see here.

(Agent for Bart Van Es: Natasha Fairweather)

Gwendoline Riley Wins Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize

We are delighted that Gwendoline Riley has been awarded the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize for fiction 2017, for her novel First Love (Granta).

Lorien Kite, one of the judges, said “There were a number of very good books in the submissions but in the end we felt we had a clear winner with Gwendoline Riley’s First Love, a novel that stood out because of its precision and originality of language, the quality of its analysis and the author’s exquisite control of her material.”

The Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize was set up in memory of the founder and first chairman of Faber, Geoffrey Faber, and is awarded to poetry and prose in alternate years, to a writer aged 40 or under. Previous winners include Seamus Heaney, Julian Barnes and Eimear McBride.

(Agent for Gwendoline Riley: Zoë Waldie)

Robin Robertson wins 2018 Goldsmith’s Prize

RCW is thrilled that Robin Roberton‘s The Long Take has won the Goldsmith’s Prize 2018.

Chair of Judges, Adam Mars Jones said “the judges are proud to salute Robin Robertson’s The Long Take, a film noir verse novel full of blinding sunlight and lingering shadows, technically accomplished, formally resourceful and emotionally unsparing.”

The Goldsmiths Prize was established in 2013 to celebrate the qualities of creative daring associated with the College and to reward fiction that breaks the mould or extends the possibilities of the novel form. The annual prize of £10,000 is awarded to a book that is deemed genuinely novel and which embodies the spirit of invention that characterizes the genre at its best.

For more information, please see here.