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Catherine Menon longlisted for Authors’ Club Best First Novel Award 2022

Catherine Menon's Fragile Monsters (Viking) has been shortlisted for the Authors' Club Prize Best First Novel Award 2022. In her stunning debut novel Catherine Menon traces one family's story from 1920 to the present, unravelling a thrilling tale of love, betrayal and redemption against the backdrop of natural disasters and fallen empires. Written in vivid technicolour, with an electric daughter-grandmother relationship at its heart, Fragile Monsters explores what happens when secrets fester through the generations.

Inaugurated in 1954, the Authors’ Club Best First Novel Award is now in its 68th year, making it the longest-running UK prize for debut fiction and – except for the James Tait Black and the Hawthornden – the oldest literary prize in Britain. The winning novel is selected by guest adjudicator Alex Wheatle from a shortlist drawn up by a panel of Authors’ Club members, chaired by Lucy Popescu.

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