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Alice Oseman Wins YA Book Prize 2021

Alice Oseman's fourth novel, Loveless (HarperCollins), has been selected as the winner of the YA Book Prize 2021. Loveless is a coming out story about Georgia, a romance-obsessed teenager who gradually realises and comes to accept that she does not experience any sort of sexual or romantic attraction towards anyone, no matter their gender. The judges called it “a joyful book that truly promotes celebrating our differences.” Reacting to her win, Alice Oseman said: “Loveless was the most difficult creative project of my life, and I am so utterly thrilled that it has won such a prestigious award. The UK is home to such an incredible and unique YA literature community, it’s an honour to have been chosen as this year’s YA Book Prize winner.”

The award is again partnering with the Hay Festival which, as well as supporting the prize’s social media activity, will host a live event, with the winner in conversation with 2016’s winner and former Irish Children’s Laureate Sarah Crossan. Among the other books shortlisted this year were Holly Jackson's Good Girl, Bad Blood and Melinda Salisbury's Hold Back the Tide.

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