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24 April 2024

Anne Enright and Isabella Hammad shortlisted for Women's Prize for Fiction 2024

Anne Enright and Isabella Hammad are among the writers shortlisted for this year’s Women’s prize for fiction. Irish author Anne Enright, who has been shortlisted for the prize twice, is shortlisted for a third time for The Wren, The Wren (Jonathan Cape), while British-Palestinian writer Isabella Hammad is shortlisted for her second novel, Enter Ghost (Vintage), which is about a production of Hamlet in the West Bank.

The winner of the 2024 Women’s Prize for Fiction will be announced on Thursday 13th June 2024 at the Women’s Prize Trust’s summer party in central London, along with the inaugural winner of the 2024 Women’s Prize for Non-Fiction. The winner will receive a cheque for £30,000, anonymously endowed, along with a limited-edition bronze statuette known as the "Bessie", created and donated by the artist Grizel Niven.

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22 April 2024

Pari Thomson's Greenwild wins Waterstones Children’s Book Prize

Pari Thomson has been named the Overall Winner of the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize for her debut, the illustrated magical door fantasy Greenwild: The World Behind The Door (Macmillan Children’s Books), illustrated by Elisa Paganelli.

The prize is voted for by Waterstones booksellers and is now in its 20th year. The winner receives £5,000 and the promise of ongoing commitment to their writing and illustrating career. 

“Pari Thomson’s debut enchanted our booksellers with its sweeping escapism and standard-setting lyrical world-building," commented Bea Carvalho, head of books at Waterstones. "At once a fast-paced adventure story and a heartfelt entreaty to care for the natural world, Greenwild is a timeless fantasy tale of friendship, mystery, and the magic and beauty to be found in nature."

Pari Thomson, who is also editorial director for picture books at Bloomsbury Children’s Books, added: “I am lucky enough to live near Kew Gardens in London, a place full of sparkling glasshouses and carnivorous plants and lily pads big enough to take a nap on. I have always felt that nature was a little bit magic — and Kew made me ask, what if it w...

20 March 2024

Tom Crewe wins The Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award 2024

Debut novelist Tom Crewe has been named winner of the Sunday Times Charlotte Aitken Young Writer of the Year Award for The New Life (Chatto & Windus), a novel described by judge James McConnachie as “thrillingly intimate” and “a compassionate and tenderly sensual account of masculine sexuality”. 

The New Life is set in 1894 while the Oscar Wilde trial is igniting public outcry, “and everything John and Henry have longed for is suddenly under threat,” the synopsis says. “United by a shared vision, the two begin work on a revolutionary book arguing for the legalisation of homosexuality.” 

Judge Johanna Thomas-Corr, chief literary critic for the Times and Sunday Times, said: “Sometimes a début novel comes along that feels like an immediate classic – a book that you suddenly can’t imagine not existing. If you’ve read Tom Crewe’s bold and beautifully observed début, The New Life, you’ll know that it is just such a book. He is a writer of rare promise.”

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